President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President and Norway’s Prime Minister: NATO must focus on collective defense

2020-09-08

President Gitanas Nausėda met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who arrived for a working visit to Lithuania, to discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation, the Nordic-Baltic agenda, border management, regional security, and transatlantic links.

The President thanked Norway for its active commitment to security in the Baltic States through the deployment of troops to NATO’s enhanced forward presence and assistance for Lithuania’s military modernization projects. The two leaders agreed that NATO had to continue its ambitious agenda and focus on the essential tasks of collective defense.

Among the other issues discussed at the meeting was the LNG market in the region. Lithuania is a key buyer of Norway’s liquified natural gas. Gas supplies are delivered via the Klaipėda LNG terminal not only to Lithuania but also shipped to other countries in the region. President Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister Erna Solberg agreed to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in the LNG sector in order to maintain a competitive market across the region.

The President stated Lithuania’s position on Belarus and presented its initiative for international mediation. He underlined that Lithuania did not recognize the results of the presidential election in Belarus and called on the official Minsk to deescalate the situation in the country by starting a peaceful dialogue based on democratic values with the protesters. Gitanas Nausėda stressed that Lithuania urged Russia not to interfere in Belarusian affairs and called for new presidential elections to be monitored by OSCE experts.

The Lithuanian and Norwegian leaders also reviewed the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) agenda. The President underscored active and regular cooperation in the NB8 format and its importance for strengthening regional security, fighting hybrid and cyber threats, and engaging the United States and the United Kingdom in joint initiatives.

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Last updated 2020.09.08 22:12

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