Lithuania in the News
7th September 2014
|The NATO Summit in Wales Establishes Measures for Long-Term Security of Lithuania and the Baltic Region|
The group photo of the world leaders meeting at the NATO Wales Summit
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė is in front row (in white) and
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is on third row on the right. Photo courtesy lrp.lt
Among the official outcomes of the Summit was the creation of a rapid reaction force, which could be quickly deployed to counter imminent threats. Another decision was the setting up of NATO command and control headquarters in Lithuania and the other Baltic States. The presence of NATO troops in the region is to be increased, with regular military exercises maintained to enforce defence readiness and practise interoperability. Enhanced air defences in the Baltic region to be sustained.
In Tallinn - President Dalia Grybauskaitė with the other
Baltic leaders meeting President Barack Obama. Photo courtesy lrp.lt
Just prior to the Summit, President Obama met the three Baltic Presidents in Tallinn in Estonia on September 3. The meeting’s emphasis was on Baltic-US cooperation in defence and security and President Obama's special presence in Tallinn just ahead of the NATO Summit sent a clear and unambiguous message to Russia. President Grybauskaitė declared: “United States has a profound interest in the territorial integrity and security of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. This was established in the Baltic Charter, signed by the four countries in 1998, and was reiterated in the political declaration of the U.S. and Baltic presidents last year in Washington”. President Obama continued to emphasise that the Baltic States will never have to stand alone, a very welcome message in these troubling times.
More information: www.lrp.lt 3-5/09/14, www.lrytas.lt 3-5/09/14