Lithuanian, Polish presidents to observe Suwalki gap exercise, take part in discussion

  • 2024-04-26
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on Friday are to observe a Suwalki Gap military exercise in the southern district of Alytus and take part in a discussion in Kaunas. 

In their bilateral meeting, Nauseda and Duda will discuss "regional defense and security, support for Ukraine, and strengthening of bilateral relations", the Lithuanian president's office said in a press release on Thursday. 

The two leaders will observe the last day of Brave Griffin 24-II, a Lithuanian-Polish joint tactical exercise that also involves allies from the United States and Portugal.

Some 1,500 military personnel from the Zemaitija (Griffin) Motorized Infantry Brigade and allied troops, as well as 200 pieces of military equipment, are testing defense scenarios in the Suwalki Gap based on the bilateral Lithuanian-Polish Orsha Plan.

Most of the plan, drawn up by the Lithuanian and Polish military commanders in 2022, is classified.

The Suwalki Gap is a land strip of around 100 kilometers on the Lithuanian-Polish border that is wedged between the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the west and Belarus on the east.

In the afternoon, Nauseda and Duda will head to Kaunas to take part in The Idea of Europe international forum hosted by Vytautas Magnus University to mark the 20th anniversary of Lithuania and Poland's accession to the EU.