FMs of Poland and the Baltic states want more Nato forces in the region

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The foreign ministers of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia met on Friday in the Latvian capital Riga to discuss increasing NATO forces in the region in connection with changes in the security situation after Russia's attack on Ukraine.

The Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, speaking at a press conference following the meeting, said that Poland and the Baltic states "have a vested interest in NATO making a very important decision to strengthen the defence of the Baltic states and Poland."

Poland's FM Zbigniew Rau noted that "Russian aggression and Belarusian complicity mean that NATO must adapt its deterrence and defence measures… Some first steps have been taken but new long-term solutions should be agreed at the NATO summit in Madrid in June."

"It is important that NATO's new strategic concept takes into account this new security environment," the Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets added.

Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Lithuanian foreign minister, assessed that due to the change in the security situation after Russia attacked Ukraine, NATO should deploy additional forces and equipment.