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The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense Pledge to Support and Cooperate with the Liaison Team of the NATO Force Integration Unit

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense Pledge to Support and Cooperate with the Liaison Team of the NATO Force Integration Unit

19.5.2020 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a NATO

The NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) and its Liaison Team in Slovakia is an important contribution to Slovakia’s security and the Alliance’s collective defense. This was confirmed by the Minister of Defense of the Slovak Republic, Jaroslav Naď, and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, during today’s press conference (May 19, 2020), which was held after the visit to the headquarters of the liaison team in Bratislava. The meeting with the commander of the NFIU, Col. Peter Brauner, was also attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Marian Majer. On this occasion, they jointly committed to intense cooperation.

 

As the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok stated: “The presence of the liaison team in Slovakia confirms that, in the event of a crisis, our allies will come to help us defend our state. Slovakia’s membership in NATO means a level of security and stability that cannot be currently guaranteed by any other alternative.” Minister Korčok expressed his great appreciation for the active involvement of the liaison team members in training and communication activities on the importance of NATO membership for Slovakia’s security. He expressed his interest in the continuation of a close cooperation.

 

“The Slovak Republic is a stable and responsible member of the Alliance. We are not only a recipient of the benefits of membership, but we are also an active partner. Therefore, I am glad that today we have found several areas in which we can begin cooperating more intensely than before,” said the Minister of Defense of the Slovak Republic, Jaroslav Naď.

 

At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Defense emphasized that the liaison team in Vajnory is not a military base and in no way serves for the deployment of NATO weapons or equipment on the territory of the Slovak Republic. “In the event of a threat, its role is to ensure that Slovakia could receive an allied army in its territory, which would strengthen our armed forces with regards to the defense of Slovakia,” he explained.

 

The Commander of the Slovak NFIU, Col. Peter Brauner, expressed his great appreciation for the interest of both ministers. Also, the members of the NFIU welcomed the opportunity to present its structure, mission, main tasks, as well as the level of cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Our mutual cooperation significantly contributes to the fulfillment of the tasks of the Liaison Team for the Integration of NATO Forces in the Slovak Republic.

 

The NFIU deployed in Slovakia was officially activated on September 1, 2016, reaching full capability on June 1, 2017. It belongs under the operational command of the Multinational Corps North-East in Szczecin, Poland. Within the liaison team, there is a total of 41 specialists of which 21 are members of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic. Other international positions are intended for soldiers of NATO member countries. The role of the NFIU in peacetime is to identify logistical and transport possibilities and support infrastructure. The unit is also involved in organizing the Alliance's international exercises.