Hungarian Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky held talks with his Lithuanian counterpart Avydas Anusauskas in Vilnius on Saturday.
Now that both countries have first-hand experience of the severity of the Russian-Ukrainian war, solidarity between the NATO member states has become a “top priority”, Hungary’s defence ministry quoted Szalay-Bobrovniczky as saying. In this spirit, Hungary’s Gripen fighters are patrolling Lithuania’s airspace for the third time, the minister said, adding that his Lithuanian counterpart has expressed thanks for this contribution.
The two ministers agreed that the Madrid NATO summit had passed “historic decisions” and that both countries should continue to develop their armed forces to consolidate NATO’s eastern wing. They agreed that illegal migration was posing a serious challenge to both countries. Szalay-Bobrovniczky invited Anusauskas to Hungary to share their experience in border defence.