The transatlantic link in focus at the security conference Snow Meeting

On 11-12 January the Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, took part in the security conference Snow Meeting in Trakai, west of Vilnius. The Minister of Foreign Affairs in Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, hosted the conference.

  • From left: left Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, Edgars Rinkevics Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Hultqvist Swedish Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik Estonian Minister of Defence and Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis.

    Peter Hultqvist together with Paul Richard Gallagher, Edgars Rinkevics, Linas Linkevičius, Jüri Luik and Raimundas Karoblis.

    Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

  • Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist together with Edward Lucas, Senior Vice President of the Center for European Policy Analysis

    Peter Hultqvist together with Edward Lucas, Senior Vice President of the Center for European Policy Analysis.

    Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

The participants, consisting of representatives from governments, ministries, agencies and civil society, discussed the importance of the transatlantic link, EU-NATO cooperation and the future of European Defence. Peter Hultqvist gave a keynote speech where he addressed the significance of the Baltic Sea Region to European security and the importance of a unified European response to the events challenging both regional and global security.

In conjunction to the conference Peter Hultqvist had bilateral meetings with Minister for Defence in Lithuania, Raimondas Karoblis, and Minister of Defence of Estonia, Jüri Luik. Peter Hultqvist also made a visit to one of NATO's local headquarters, NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU), located in Vilnius.