Army leaders attending a meeting of Visegrad Group chiefs of staff discussed current issues in cooperation between national armies on Tuesday, the Hungarian chief of staff said.
Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi said Ukraine’s chief of staff was also invited but the war prevented him from travelling to Debrecen for the meeting. Poland’s chief of staff was also not in attendance, he added.
“In the current situation, national interests may have priority,”
At the meeting, the Czech, Slovak and Hungarian military leaders reviewed, among other things, the situation brought about by the war between Russia and Ukraine and the tasks arising from the deployment of the European Union Battlegroup next year, said Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi. He added that the parties discussed the training plans of the V4 armies.
The national armies are open to both joint training and operational cooperation, the commander said, noting that the chiefs of staff confirmed that military cooperation in the Visegrad format is a value that should be preserved. “V4 cooperation has a future,” said Romulus Ruszin-Szendi, summing up their common position.
The Lieutenant General recalled that cyber defense cooperation started in 2011, during the EU Presidency of Hungary. According to him, this theater of war will become one of the most important in the future.
He said that they would like to strengthen cooperation in this area as they did in the land theater, adding that they would assess who has what capabilities in cyber defense and how they could use each other’s experience in training.
Responding to a question, Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi also said that they had reviewed the issues related to the planned deployment of forces to NATO’s eastern borders. A final decision on this will be taken at the NATO summit in Madrid, but they already know what forces will be deployed on the Alliance’s eastern borders.
Answering another question on the war in Ukraine, Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi said he was confident that the Hungarian people were safe.
The Hungarian Defence Forces exist to fulfill its most important purpose, to protect the Hungarian people, which is also one of the tasks of NATO, he added.
Featured photo by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI