Glváč: Slovakia needs an updated defence strategy

THE DEFENCE Ministry is planning to have its defence strategy updated due to the current security situation and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Slovak Defence Minister Martin Glváč told the TASR newswire on January 12.

THE DEFENCE Ministry is planning to have its defence strategy updated due to the current security situation and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Slovak Defence Minister Martin Glváč told the TASR newswire on January 12.

“We want to draft a document that would adequately respond to the new security situation and its possible development, and that would set out clearly where we’re heading in this area,” said Glváč, adding that the current version of the strategy was passed in 2005.

As for the actual preparation of the document, it will factor in the results of an expert assessment on the part of relevant sectors, as well as a broader debate among the public and politicians.

Glváč went on to say that the ministry would welcome it if the drafting of the document was bound to the country’s security strategy both concerning the time frame and its contents. The current security strategy of the country has largely responded to the accession of Slovakia to NATO and the EU.

“Considering the time that has passed since it was implemented, the development of the security environment has been marked by several significant changes,” Glváč said as quoted by TASR. “The most marked one is associated with the crisis in Ukraine.”

Source: TASR

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