Attending the two-day NATO Warsaw Summit alongside head of delegation Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Minister of Defense István Simicskó, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reaffirmed Hungary's strong commitment to NATO burden-sharing and highlighted recent increases in national defense spending.

Speaking from Warsaw, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó hailed the two-day NATO Summit as “extremely important” to the reinforcement of transatlantic security relations and the reassessment of NATO's operations in Central and Eastern Europe. Szijjártó also announced that one of the eight Eastern European elements of the rapid reaction NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU), established at the 2014 Wales Summit, is expected to be activated in Hungary within one year. Szijjártó stressed that the establishment of the NFIU does not mean the stationing of troops, but rather involves only a command post facility with the deployment of 40 NATO officers, 20 of whom will be Hungarian.

Szijjártó remarked that 4,000 personnel will be deployed as part of an international battalion in a rotating system in Poland and the Baltic States, adding that such a military presence neither constitutes a violation of the basic treaty between NATO and Russia nor an offensive posture towards the East.

The two-day Warsaw Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is being held on July 8th and 9th with the participation of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the 28 heads of NATO member states. The Hungarian delegation is led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)