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Minister Petříček attending the meeting of the B9 held in Vilnius

Tomáš Petříček, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting of the Bucharest Nine (B9) foreign ministers, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State and NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning which was held on 10th March 2020 in Vilnius.

Progress in defence and deterrence efforts (relating to the summit of the highest representatives of NATO held in December 2019 in London), safety in the Black Sea region including support to partner countries Ukraine and Georgia and also relations with Russia and its influence in Euro-Atlantic area were discussed.

Conversation during working dinner was focused on future engagement of the Alliance in the Middle East region, relations with China and its influence on economy and infrastructure of B9 countries and also energy security of the NATO's Eastern flank countries.