Military leaders from 13 nations met during the Northern Europe Chiefs of Defence Conference 19th-20th of October 2022 in Warsaw, Poland.
During the conference, heads of delegation discussed regional security challenges, and they reaffirmed their continued commitment to deepening defense cooperation, states EUCOM [United States European Command] on their website.
“There has not been a moment in years when such a meeting has been so critical,” said the US Army General Christopher Cavoli, chief of the US European Command.
“Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has served as an opportunity for all of us to come together to discuss important matters of national and collective defense.”
In addition to routine exercises with Allies and partners in the Arctic and Baltics, the U.S. has quickly responded to the invasion of Ukraine by deploying additional forces to NATO’s eastern flank. There are now approximately 100,000 U.S. service members in Europe, including in the Baltics and Poland, says the press release.
According to EUCOM, the defense chiefs also discussed enhancing technological interoperability among NATO and non-NATO nations. Exercises and interactions between Allied and partner forces develop strength and unity and increase interoperability essential to addressing security threats.
In addition to Poland and USA, other participating nations included Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.