The meeting of ministers of Visegard Group (V4)
The meeting the Defense Ministers of Visegrad Group was held on Thursday 13th of July in Warsaw. The V4 Group is one of the major initiatives that is already a brand of Central European region.
The main aim of the Visegard Four meetings is cooperation, strengthening defence, developing of common initiatives, policy and vision, what is one of the most important issue in the world recently. This meeting ends the Polish Presidency and initiates the Hungarian Presidency - said Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz on Thursday, after the meeting with ministers of V4.
A meeting chaired of Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz, gathered: Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic Peter Gajdoš, Deputy Minister for Defense Policy Jakub Landovský and Secretary of State of the Ministry of Defence Tamás Vargha.
During the press conference, all the ministers expressed thanks to the head of Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz for taking effective actions during the Polish Presidency to enhancing the Visegrad Group, thereby strengthening security in the region.
- Today's meeting of the V4 defense ministers ends the Polish Presidency, which had been lasting for the last six months and initiates the Hungarian Presidency, which will take over and continue our work. The meeting focused on summing up our efforts to strengthen NATO's eastern flank. I can say with the great joy and satisfaction that all the Visegrad countries participate in extremely important path in strengthening the eastern flank. We are all present in the Baltic States and we all support the initiative to strengthen this defense, which has been still implementing by US forces in Poland and other NATO countries (…) A the same time Visegrad Group countries are continuing their effort to strengthen a common European defense initiative (...) Our shared attitude is to strength the participation of European defense initiative and ensure that each of our countries will pay at least 2% of GDP. We consecrateda lot of time to analyze the most important initiative undertaken by the Visegrad Group countries alongside the strengthening of NATO's eastern flank, the Visegrad Battle Group, which successfully began its operation in 2016. It is going to prepare the Visegrad Battle Group to be on duty in 2019. It will be organized jointly but not only by the Visegrad Group countries. What I would like to say with great satisfaction, also with – we hope - the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which we would like to invite to this joint venture - spoke at the press conference Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz.
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Defence Tamás Vargha also stressed in his speech that the Visegrad Group is a solid brand that represents a strong and durable alliance.
The Chef of the Slovak Ministry Peter Gajdoš pointed that one of the issue discussed during Thursday's meeting was the matter related to cooperation with the European Union in, for example, the defence industry.
Deputy of Minister of Defence Jakub Landovský noted that the presence of all Visegrad Group countries in NATO’s activities increases the collective defense.
He mentioned that Czech Republic is included in creating the Divisional Command in Elblag, also yesterday the Czech Parliament agreed that from 2018 the Czech army would be present in the Battle Group in Latvia. Referring to the cooperation between the EU - NATO he stressed that it has to be complementary and not competitive one.