VILNIUS - NATO must go on with its deterrence and defense measures in the coronavirus crisis, Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis has said.
"NATO has to proceed with the deterrence and defense measures, and solidarity and unity are the best response to any crisis," Karoblis told his NATO counterparts on Wednesday.
NATO's defense ministers held an extraordinary meeting via secure teleconference to discuss the Alliance's response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and support to nations facing the crisis, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said in a press release.
"The ministers reiterated the unchanging NATO deterrence and defense posture, as well as international operations, despite the challenges presented by contributions to the current crisis response," it said.
They also agreed on recommendations for increasing civilian resilience to the COVID-19 crisis, and discussed NATO’s response to pandemic-related disinformation attacks, and concerted action by the EU and NATO.
"We have been monitoring consistent attempts to spread disinformation aimed at undercutting the confidence in the decisions made by countries to manage the spread of the coronavirus," Karoblis said.
"Allied troops fall victims to the corona fake news quite often too, therefore we find it necessary to keep strengthening the NATO-EU cooperation, especially public resilience, military movement facilitation, and strategic cooperation," he said.