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Leaders of the Baltics states agreed to stress regional security challenges at the NATO summit

2021-06-09

President Gitanas Nausėda of Lithuania, President Egils Levits of Latvia, and Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia had a remote coordination meeting ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels on 14 June.

At the meeting, the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia discussed their national positions on the most important points of the NATO summit agenda – the security situation in the region, relations with Eastern neighbors, and implementation of NATO 2030 strategic concept.

“The views of the Baltic States in assessing the regional threats coincide completely. NATO’s collective defense and deterrence task must be implemented effectively. This is particularly important now that we are witnessing unprecedented security incidents and provocations at NATO’s Eastern borders," the President said.

Gitanas Nausėda stated, that Russia remained a major long-term threat not only to the Baltic region but to the entire Alliance as well.

According to the President, the unpredictability of unfriendly neighbors can only be counteracted by strengthening military and civilian capabilities and by investing in the Alliance’s defense.

The meeting discussed NATO’s “open door policy”, highlighting the necessity to step up political and practical assistance to Ukraine and Georgia – Eastern partners with Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Concerning the implementation of NATO 2030 strategic concept, the Baltic leaders stressed the importance of continued adaptation of NATO to meet global threats and challenges, where allies acting collectively were able to ensure the security of the entire Euro-Atlantic area.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.06.09 14:48

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