President of the Republic of Lithuania

NATO to continue Baltic Air Policing Mission

2009-08-25

Tuesday, August 25, Brussels - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė met with NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels. Thy discussed NATO's new strategic concept and a strengthened defence of the Allies.

President Grybauskaitė was explicitly assured by NATO's Secretary General A. F. Rasmussen that NATO air policing mission in Lithuania and other Baltic States will be continued until 2011 and, most likely, beyond.

The Head of State underlined the shaping of NATO's new strategic concept by the end of the next year must be built on Article V of the Treaty of Washington as a fundamental principle. According to the President, the emergence of new threats and a changed global security situation must be taken into consideration when applying this principle.

President Grybauskaitė also stressed Lithuania was expecting concrete plans as to how NATO intends to defend our country and other Baltic States.

The Head of State assured NATO's Secretary General of Lithuania's continued engagement in international security missions in Afghanistan but pointed out the need for NATO Member States to cooperate more closely in searching for additional sources of financing if successful operation of the Ghor Provincial Reconstruction Group is to be ensured.

Tomorrow, August 26, President Grybauskaitė will meet with the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek to discuss topical EU issues and the issue of evaluation of totalitarian regimes.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.08.25 18:22

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