Closer cooperation within V4 necessary and inevitable: Chief of Staff

Bolstering defence capabilities, the development of cybernetic units, joint exercises, as well as training and cooperation of the armed forces in the time of pandemic were the topics of the talks held between the heads of defence of the Visegrad Group countries, who met on Tuesday in Pruszków near Warsaw.

"I am glad that despite the current pandemic situation in Europe, we were able to meet in person and discuss matters important to the region," said General Rajmund Andrzejczak, Chief of the General Staff of Poland, who chaired the meeting. His counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary were also present.

One of the topics of the discussion was the creation of the V4 battle group, which is to be ready to operate under the EU flag in 2023.

"This clearly shows that we [the V4 group] are also working together to undertake important initiatives within the EU", he noted.

Another issue discussed during the meeting was the current state of cybernetic capabilities at the national level.

"We talked about cyber defence as a new operational domain and exchanged views on how each country can contribute to the development of V4 cyber capabilities," General Andrzejczak said.

In his opinion, the experience of the pandemic has shown that closer cooperation "is necessary and inevitable", and in view of the negative impact of the pandemic on the budgets of individual countries, "it is crucial to develop common operational requirements for selected military equipment", which would allow for an increase in joint defensive capabilities.

The generals will continue their talks on Wednesday. They will be joined by the Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine, General Ruslan Khomchak.

Poland currently holds the presidency of the V4 which will last until June 2021.