“Hungary’s readiness and vigilance are stronger than ever,” NATO said on its website, citing the chair of NATO’s Military Committee after his visit to Hungary.
Admiral Rob Bauer, in Hungary on Tuesday and Wednesday, visited a border crossing with Ukraine and attended the Exercise Eastern Shield, the website said.
On Wednesday, he met Chief of Defence Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi and State Secretary of Defence István Szabó to discuss the current security situation, NATO’s response, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Bauer was then briefed on the Enhanced Vigilance Activities taking place in Hungary.
“The Hungarian Defence Forces are prepared to defend Hungary’s borders and sovereignty. It is clear to see that Hungary’s readiness and vigilance are stronger than ever,” he said.
He also praised Hungarian soldiers for helping the civilian authorities to deal with the increasing stream of Ukrainian refugees. “I have been able to witness first-hand the compassion, dedication and professionalism of the Hungarian men and women in uniform”, he added.
In a speech to the troops at Exercise Eastern Shield, Bauer commended “the Hungarian Defence Forces for their courage. I am proud that you are a part of the band of 3.2 million brothers and sisters in uniform that protect this Alliance”, the website said.
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