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Lajčák Speaks with Stoltenberg in Košice

Lajčák Speaks with Stoltenberg in Košice

28.2.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a NATO

In Košice today (28 February 2019) Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, discussed with Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of NATO, during a public event on NATO’s successes and challenges, as well as on the positive points of the first 15 years of Slovakia’s NATO membership. The event was part of the Secretary-General’s visit to Košice, where he attended a meeting of the heads of state of the Bucharest 9 - an informal grouping of NATO’s easternmost members.

 

Lajčák recalled the individual steps made by Slovakia, which have contributed to strengthening the trans-Atlantic unity and increasing the defense capability of this political and military grouping. “It is in the vital interest of smaller and mid-sized states, such as Slovakia, to be member of the defensive military grouping, which is also attested to by recent history,” stated the head of Slovak diplomacy. 

 

On the occasion of the 70 years since signing the North Atlantic Treaty and the 15th anniversary of Slovakia’s membership in the Alliance, Lajčák and Stoltenberg recalled that the Euro-Atlantic integration has had an irreplaceable role for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in their democratic and economic transformation. They also emphasized that for Slovakia, from the political, geostrategic and financial point of view, there are no alternative to the security guarantees that are afforded by being a member of the Alliance. During their talks, they stressed that the main role of the Alliance is defense and conflict prevention.