Rail Baltica will improve military mobility - NATO JFC commander in Lithuania

  • 2020-06-25
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Rail Baltica, a European standard gauge railway that will connect the Baltic countries, will also improve military mobility, General Jorg Vollmer, commander of Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum, has said.

“It is a civil and not a military project but it will be beneficial for both purposes. It will benefit both parties as the project will be favorable for both the economy and military forces,” he said in Vilnius on Thursday.

Vollmer described Rail Baltica as a key Baltic project as regards the improvement of military mobility in the region.

He also called on the countries to go further in adapting their infrastructure for the movement of troops.

The general emphasized the need to adapt railways, roads, airports and seaports for military mobility. He noted, however, that the specific projects should be decided at the national level.

Lithuanian National Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis has also spoken about the importance of Rail Baltica for the movement of troops.

In particular, he stated late in May that the future railway should comply with military equipment movement requirements.