(L-R) General Steve Thull, Luxembourg's Chief of Defence; Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of NATO Military Committee; Yuriko Backes, Luxembourg's Minister of Defence; Credit: Luxembourg Army

Luxembourg's Directorate of Defence and the Chief of Defence have reported that the Chair of NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, paid a working visit to the Grand Duchy on Monday 22 April 2024.

During his visit, Admiral Rob Bauer had meetings with Luxembourg's Minister of Defence, Yuriko Backes and General Steve Thull, Chief of Defence.

The discussions at Senningen Castle focused on Luxembourg's defence policy, the role of the Grand Duchy within NATO, the strategic developments of the Alliance, Luxembourg Defence projects and its contributions to the collective efforts of deterrence and defence.

"Confronted with a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous international security environment, and faced with Russia's aggressive posture, NATO must reorient itself in favour of its fundamental task of collective defence of the Euro-Atlantic area. For Luxembourg, this reorientation is reflected through the establishment of the binational medium combat reconnaissance battalion with Belgium. Therefore, the establishment of this battalion is our current priority," emphasised Minister Backes.

Admiral Rob Bauer noted: "Luxembourg was one of the founding members of NATO 75 years ago, and it has continued to show its commitment to collective defence and the transatlantic bond. It is at the forefront of NATO's innovation agenda. And it showed great solidarity in its support for Ukraine."