After the ceremony commemorating the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Poland’s newly re-elected President Andrzej Duda. A wide-ranging agenda was discussed at the meeting, including security and defense, electricity synchronization, Eastern Partnership, and other urgent international issues.
Primary focus was placed on external threats faced by both countries. The President underlined that conventional, hybrid and cyber threats emerging from unfriendly Eastern neighbor should be placed on top of the list of Lithuanian and Polish defense priorities. “In the face of Russia’s increasing assertiveness in the Kaliningrad region, we need to unite our efforts and use all possible levers to ensure that the decisions adopted at NATO summits are respected and NATO-approved defense plans for our region are smoothly implemented,” the President said.
The two leaders agreed that the presence of U.S. troops in our region was strategically important and significant for effective security and deterrence. Views were exchanged on the narrative of disinformation and historical revisionism produced by Russia, questioning the statehood of Poland and the Baltic countries, as well as possible responses to false allegations. The two heads of state also agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in increasing public resilience to disinformation and consolidating the support of EU leadership to protect Polish and Baltic historical memory.
Among the other issues addressed was the Eastern Partnership agenda and its perspective. It was stated that ambitious results should be targeted at the Eastern Partnership summit to be held next year.
The two presidents reviewed the synchronization of electricity grids with continental Europe and the project’s implementation. President Gitanas Nausėda said that Lithuania would seek the fastest possible route to interconnect with the Polish and EU networks. This strategic project will complete the integration of electricity markets in the region and prevent electricity produced by unsafe power stations in third countries from entering the EU’s single market. It was decided to make an all-out effort to ensure unity across the region for blocking access to the European Union from the moment such power projects become operational.
Gitanas Nausėda expressed his delight that the Lithuanian Seimas designated 2021 as the Year of May 3 Constitution to celebrate its 230th anniversary. He pointed out that anniversary events could be used in a very meaningful way to further strengthen cultural contacts between Lithuania and Poland and promote their historical heritage.
Last updated 2020.07.15 17:20Back