Minister Gajdoš confirms Slovakia’s readiness to fulfil its Allied commitments and continue contributing actively to NATO’s collective defence

Slovakia is ready to continue delivering on its obligations stemming from NATO membership not only by stepping up defence expenditure, but also by participating in international crisis management missions and operations. This announcement was made by Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš after the meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels today (27 June 2019).

Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš said: “The Slovak defence budget is expected to rise to 1.74% of GDP on defence this year already, which is 50% more compared to 2018, whereas this increase is mainly connected with modernization, which has been badly needed by the Slovak Armed Forces for years. Of course, I am pleased to say that we are now delivering the most extensive modernization programmes in the history of the Slovak Armed Forces.”
 
Alongside burden sharing in collective defence, Ministers addressed the current situation and future of NATO’s defence and deterrence posture, as well as the readiness of Allied forces. In this connection, they reflected on the new Political Guidance and the NATO Military Strategy. Equally important, the NATO Space Policy received the backing from NATO Defence Ministers.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - KOd - Date: 27.06.2019
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