V4 Chiefs of Defence meet in Poland

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

The meeting of the Chiefs of General Staff of the Visegrad (V4) countries, Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, primarily concentrated on the implementation of the NATO Warsaw Summit 2016 conclusions, particularly in relation to defence support in the Baltic regions from 2017 - 2021.

Under the current Visegrad Polish Presidency (July 2016-June 2017), the session was convened by the Polish Chief of Defence, General Mieczyslaw Gocul, in the Polish city of Sopoty on 4th October.

The joint plan, the V4 rotation training activities for the Baltics in 2017, negotiated in September at a V4 conference which included Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, was approved by the top military representatives at the session.

"During these training activities, we will concentrate not only on the practical preparation of units, but also on the coordination of staff and the integration of training exercises," said General Josef Becvar, Chief of the Czech General Staff, and added, "Czech units will participate in the coordination exercise in Lithuania at the beginnig of next year. The Hungarian Armed Forces will contribute to the exercise in Estonia, and our Polish and Slovak colleagues will train in Latvia in the second half of next year."

At the end of the meeting, General Becvar had high praise for the meeting, with special thanks to General Gocul, and expressed his appreciation for the smooth transition to the Polish Presidency from the Czech Presidency.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

October 11, 2016