New commander of NATO's Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum visiting Lithuania
General Riccardo Marchio, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum is visiting Lithuania, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
On Monday, the general met with Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis to discuss regional security and items on the NATO agenda.
"In the face of the current threats, its is extremely important to ensure the Alliance's capacity to respond in a fast and determined manner and deter both conventional and hybrid threats, which should be reflected in the new NATO commander structure and other decisions to ensure reliable deterrence and defense," Karoblis said the press release.
The Lithuanian minister also emphasized the need to ensure air and maritime support to the multilateral battalions stationed in the Baltic states and Poland.
NATO's Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum in the Netherlands is responsible for heading the NATO mission in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, NATO response forces and creation of NATO's rapid response forces. Furthermore, it ensures a link between NATO's control and military structures.