On May 15 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed security situation, aspects of cooperation with NATO, and Montenegro’s progress on European Union membership at a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srđjan Darmanović, on a visit in Lithuania.
Minister R. Karoblis congratulated Montenegro upon becoming a member of NATO in June 2017 and stressed that the membership in the world’s strongest alliance accelerated Lithuania’s development processes and increased its security. “I am sure that Montenegro will receive the same security guarantees as Lithuania and Montenegro are facing the same security challenges,” R. Karoblis said.
Ministers discussed similar threats faced by both countries related to Russia’s foreign policy. Minister R. Karoblis noted that even though Russia’s policy was revisionist, NATO forward presence in the Baltic region enhanced deterrence. Montenegro’s Minister of Foreign Affairs S. Darmanović said that Montenegro supported NATO efforts in the Baltic region and intends to contribute national units to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic states and Poland.
Ministers also addressed possible areas of cooperation. Minister R. Karoblis underscored that there were areas Lithuania and Montenegro could share experience in, especially in cyber defence. “We anticipate close future cooperation with Montenegro,” Minister said.
Montenegro takes part in three multinational operations. Since December 2010 it has been taking part in EU NAVFOR in Somali. Montenegro is also a contributor to UNMIL in Liberia, UN MINURSO in Western Sahara, and UNFICYP in Cyprus , and is taking part in the NATO operation in Afghanistan Resolute Support.