President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: NATO’s cooperation with Russia will be beneficial for Lithuania too


Saturday, November 20, Lisbon - Speaking about the NATO summit in Lisbon, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that all Lithuania's requirements had been taken into account, including security guarantees for the Baltic States and the Alliance's future relationship with Russia.

"Article Five has finally become applicable in real terms for the Baltic States. We have everything we requested for at the summit meeting. We have security guarantees for Lithuania and an open door policy for NATO, which means that all democratic countries will be able to join if they conform to the set requirements. The Alliance has confirmed its transformation into an organization ready to meet all the challenges of the 21st century, such as cyber attacks, energy security threats and other," Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The President also underlined that there were no grounds for fearing NATO's newly opened page of cooperation with Russia. She pointed out that the Cold War era had ended and all parties were in agreement that new opportunities and fresh perspectives had to be considered in respect of Russia.

"We invite Russia to cooperate and develop a dialogue, not to merge with NATO. Cooperation will be beneficial to both sides. We have third enemies and we need to fight them together. Cooperation with Russia on armaments and missile defense opens new security guarantees for Lithuania too. NATO does not relinquish its rights, priorities and responsibility. Through such cooperation, Russia will be committed to assume responsibility for security in Europe and in the world. And this is also to Lithuania's advantage. I am very pleased that all our sensibilities and the points we made were taken into account. We hope that Russia will understand, accept and answer the trust that NATO member states have shown it," Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The President noted that at their two-day summit meeting, NATO members demonstrated that they had sufficient political will to give a new impetus to the Alliance and its activities, to implement the necessary internal reforms, strengthen collective defense, and cooperate effectively with the rest of the world.

"The renewed NATO is prepared to fully assume responsibility and I am happy that Lithuania has demonstrated a clear presence in this stage of the Alliance's historic development," the President said.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.11.20 15:53