President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania strengthens transatlantic cooperation with the US

2019-10-07

Monday, October 7, Vilnius – President Gitanas Nausėda met with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the accompanying delegation.

The meeting focused on the strategic significance of political and energy cooperation among the United States, Lithuania and the Baltic States aimed at regional security and the most relevant energy security challenges and cooperation goals.

The President expressed gratitude to the US Energy Secretary for his leadership in addressing energy security issues in Europe and presenting ideas behind the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation (P-TEC) that unites 24 European countries and the US. These ideas encouraged the Baltic States to unite and become a pilot region of transatlantic cooperation and test the most advanced energy and cybersecurity technologies and solutions. Lithuania comprehensively supports P-TEC initiative and is prepared to contribute to its implementation.

“Regular high-level energy dialogue between the Baltic State and the US is our key to success and security”, said the President calling the US for even closer cooperation. The involvement of the US in the project of synchronization of the Baltic power systems with continental Europe, the creation of a single gas market, diversification of gas supply would be an example of mutually beneficial cooperation.

The President invited the US to increase its LNG exports to Lithuania and the Baltic States.

The President expressed hope that the USA will help the Baltic States to consolidate their efforts and speed up the synchronization.

During the meeting, the President raised the issue of security and future of the Ostravets nuclear power plant and stressed the principle of closing the market for electricity from an unsafe power plant.

“We hope that the US will actively engage in dialogue with Belarus to ensure nuclear safety of the Ostravets power plant. This plant also poses hybrid threats to the Baltic region, therefore it is highly important that the US paid attention to preserving and upholding security and democratic values in Europe”, reminded the President.

On October 6-7, Secretary Perry visited Vilnius to attend the Baltic-US Ministerial Meeting and the Ministerial Conference on the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation (P-TEC) to enhance the energy cooperation among 24 countries. The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania, the US Energy Department and the Embassy of the USA, and the President was the patron of the event.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2019.10.07 15:08

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