President of the Republic of Lithuania

Danish Prime Minister is coming to Lithuania

2018-01-11

Thursday, January 11, Vilnius – On Monday, January 15, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. The Lithuanian President and the Prime Minister of Denmark will visit the Danish military personnel serving in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission at the Zokniai air base near Šiauliai.

During their meeting, Dalia Grybauskaitė and Lars Løkke Rasmussen will discuss bilateral relations, cooperation between Lithuania and Denmark within the European Union, common interests in Brexit negotiations, EU future, reinforcement of NATO’s defense capabilities, and support to Ukraine.

Denmark is a key partner of Lithuania in the region, with which we maintain close political, economic and military contacts. The two countries share the same view of geopolitical threats and security interests. Denmark’s new security policy strategy presented this past summer identifies Russia as the main threat to national security.

As a NATO ally, Denmark constributes in a significant way to strengthening the security of Lithuania and the whole of the region. On January 8, four Danish F-16 jets Fighting Falcon and 60 Danish servicemen took over air policing from the United States to patrol the skies over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It is the sixth deployment of the Danish air force in the NATO mission.

A Danish officer is commander of the NATO Force Integration Unit in Lithuania – recognized as the most effective among the NFIUs established along NATO’s eastern flank. Danish troops also serve in the multinational forward presence battalion stationed in Estonia and have repeatedly taken part in NATO’s large scale exercises in Lithuania.

Denmark’s principled position on energy matters is very important to Lithuania as it seeks to put the highest nuclear safety standards in place in the EU’s neighborhood and to prevent such geopolitical projects like Nord Stream 2 from realization since they would increase Europe’s dependency on Russian gas.

Denmark, together with the Baltic and Nordic states, supports Ukraine’s aspirations for European development and provides assistance for its ongoing structural reforms.

Denmark is an important trading partner of Lithuania and ranks among its ten top foreign investors.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.01.11 16:41

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