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Lithuania would like to join the EU’s Nordic Battle Group in 2014, Lithuania’s Defence Minister Rasa Jukneviciene said on 10 November at an Oslo meeting of Baltic and Nordic Defence minsters. The most important Lithuania’s security guarantor the US have also began to indicate that Washington is also keen on stronger security cooperation among the Northern European nations.

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“Talking about cooperation of Nordic countries at the first meeting, I underlined that we would like to strengthen the Nordic Battle Group from 2014. (…) We are considering an opportunity for the Baltic states to join the Nordic Battle Group to make an important contribution to regional cooperation,” Rasa Jukneviciene, told BNS, Alfa.lt reported.

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According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence the Nordic-Baltic Wise Men Report regarding intensified Nordic-Baltic cooperation and proposals in the Nordic Defence Co-operation (NORDEFCO) format regarding the document on enhanced cooperation with the Baltic States were discussed during the meeting.

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Influential the European Voice mentioned that the USA is stepping up its efforts to facilitate security cooperation among the Nordic-Baltic nations. The paper reminded that only Poland and the Baltic States ‘that the US really needs, theoretically, to defend from Russia.’ ‘To that end, the US is giving increasing weight to Nordic-Baltic security co-operation (on which a high-level meeting took place last week in Washington, DC). For the US, non-NATO Sweden and Finland matter a lot more in keeping that region stable and safe than most ‘nominal NATO’ countries do,’ the European Voice wrote.

Source: lithuaniatribune.com