Zagreb, 3 February 2022 (TDI): Robert Ben Lobban Wallace, the British Secretary of State for Defense met with the Defense Minister of Croatia, Mario Banozic in Zagreb, Croatia where they signed a new Strategic Partnership Commitment (SPC).

The new Strategic Partnership Commitment is based on the Memorandum of Understanding agreed on five years ago as the UK and Croatia celebrate 39 years of diplomatic relations.

The British Defense Secretary also met with the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic for talks about a shared approach as NATO allies to support the sovereignty of Ukraine in the recent crisis.

Britain is reinforcing NATO’s Defence

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also met with his counterparts in Hungary and Slovenia to strengthen the allied response for European Security. He said,

‘‘In Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia this week I have met with my defense counterparts and NATO Allies to discuss ways to strengthen European security and reaffirm our resolve to support the sovereignty of Ukraine.

We now need to see continued dialogue and de-escalation and an end to the build-up of Russian forces on the border of Ukraine. An invasion will be met with severe consequences.’’

Earlier in Budapest, Ben Wallace visited Heroes Square and laid the wreath at the Memorial Stone of Heroes before his meeting with Dr. Tibor Benko, the Hungarian Defense Minister.

Ben Wallace meetings were followed by the number of diplomatic talks in Germany, the Hague, and Brussels where the territorial concerns over the Ukraine border were key issues.

UK is promising to deploy Royal Forces to support the eastern European alliance of the NATO if European security and sovereignty is threatened.

Earlier the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson also said that “We cannot bargain away the vision of a Europe whole and free that emerged in those amazing years from 1989 to 1991.”