Wednesday, November 16, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė agreed with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, currently on a visit in Lithuania, to strengthen joint efforts in promoting energy security of the Baltic region.
According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, successful development of Lithuania, Estonia and the region as a whole, as well as the well-being of the people in these countries, largely depend on energy security and on ending the Baltic States' energy isolation. Achieving of this goal is possible only via strategically significant power interconnections with Sweden and Poland, Visaginas NPP projects, and alternative gas supplies by land and sea, as well as by diminishing the dependence on the single supplier.
"The ensuring of energy security will also guarantee the political and economic security and will help create general well-being for the Lithuanian and Estonian people. We have agreed to cooperate further to achieve the ending of the energy isolation of our countries. Working together we will build a safe, strong and competitive region," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.
The Estonian President congratulated Lithuania on choosing the Japan Corporation Hitachi as the strategic investor for the Visaginas nuclear power plant and expressed the political support of its country to this project. Estonia is ready to participate in the development of the Visaginas NPP and specific terms will be a matter of further negotiations, he said.
The Presidents of Lithuania and Estonia have informed that both countries are going to build the liquefied gas terminals. According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, the possession of its own terminal will mean for each country less dependence on the single supplier of gas and lower prices for consumers.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that the liquefied gas terminal was an economically viable project which did not require large investments for its development and, therefore, after several years already we could have an alternative gas supply by sea.
The Presidents agreed to coordinate the activities of the Lithuanian-based Energy Security Center and the Cyber Security Center in Estonia. The Estonian President upheld our country's aspiration for the Energy Security Centre's becoming the NATO center of excellence.
Dalia Grybauskaitė and Toomas Hendrik Ilves also agreed to seek in the NATO summit in Chicago the extension of NATO's air police mission in the Baltic States.