President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania’s interests must be secured in NATO’s new strategic concept

2010-03-31

Wednesday, March 31, Vilnius - The Ministry of National Defence must seek that NATO's new strategic concept takes account of Lithuania's interests, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined during her visit to the Ministry of National Defence.

The President met with the Ministry's and the Armed Forces' management to discuss the status of the national defence system and Lithuania's military defence issues. The Chief of Defence presented to the President the assessment of military threats to Lithuania.

"Defence and security of our State depends directly on NATO and its commitments to Lithuania. We must therefore actively seek concrete guarantees from NATO to our country," the President said.

According to the President, day-to-day defence planning is crucial in the armed forces; therefore, national plans setting out actions to be taken in response to various contingencies and various scenarios of military aggression against Lithuania should be regularly updated, in line with the available resources.

The President also stressed to the management of the Ministry and the Armed Forces the need not to lower the level of support that is currently provided by the armed forces to central and local governments in the form of search and rescue operations in extreme situations or in the case of natural disasters.

According to the President, in the light of reduced financing for national defence, priority should be given to maintaining the already trained and professional personnel.

President of the Republic of Lithuania is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the State.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.03.31 12:09

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