Thursday, February 21, Warsaw – President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Polish President Andrzej Duda. The President of Lithuania is in Poland on a two day state visit to consolidate the results achieved over the past ten years, take stock of the work done and set the guidelines for future cooperation. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin – which places a symbolic emphasis on the timing of the visit.
According to the President, even in those distant times, the Lithuanian and Polish nations knew very well that their survival was possible only through unity in the face of geopolitical challenges. Today, Lithuania and Poland are close neighbors, committed EU partners and NATO allies working together to ensure the security and well-being of their people.
Over the last decade, cornerstone decisions on military and energy security in the region were reached through joint Lithuanian-Polish efforts. NATO multinational battalions are deployed to the Baltic States and Poland. Regional defense plans are in place and strategic energy projects are successfully carried out. LitPol Link - a power grid line - has been operating for three years; GIPL – a natural gas pipeline - will soon interconnect Lithuania and Poland; first steps have been made in synchronizing power grids with continental Europe. Poland played a key role in finding a political solution to the synchronization process.
The visit places special focus on military and defense cooperation. Both Lithuania and Poland see threats from the east along the same lines. A joint declaration on security partnership, issued by the Presidents of Lithuania and Poland, underlines the need to coordinate positions on security and defense policies within NATO, the EU and bilaterally.
The declaration provides for enhanced cooperation between the Lithuanian and the Polish Armed Forces along the Suwałki Corridor, better connectivity of national air space surveillance and air defense systems as part of NATO’s Air Defense. It calls for improved military mobility and continuous US military presence in the region. It further states that Lithuania and Poland are ready to contribute to the solutions that strengthen the credibility and effectiveness of the NATO command and control architecture and operational planning for deterrence and defense in our region.
Bilateral agreements were signed in the presence of two heads of state: on the affiliation of Lithuania’s Iron Wolf brigade and Poland’s 15th Brigade with the Multinational Division North-East Headquarters in Elbląg and on the development of secure communication for the exchange of radar data.
Today’s meeting also addressed economic and energy cooperation. Lithuania and Poland are seen as success examples for ensuring energy security. Both countries strongly support a principled and transparent EU energy policy. Lithuania and Poland operate their own LNG terminals and are no longer dependent on a singly gas supplier. Therefore, they well understand the threat posed to Europe by Russia’s geopolitical projects, namely the Ostrovets nuclear power plant and the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.
The two countries maintain dynamic economic cooperation ties. Poland is Lithuania’s third largest trading partner and sixth biggest investor. Exports increased rapidly over the past year. Poland is number one export market for Lithuanian made goods. People-to-people contacts are growing and expanding. Poland ranks among top three countries in terms of incoming tourism to Lithuania.
The Presidents exchanged the highest state decorations. The President of Poland was awarded the Order of Vytautas the Great with the Golden Chain. The Lithuanian President received the Order of the White Eagle.
During her state visit to Poland, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will have meetings with the Marshals of Sejm and Senate as well as with the Polish Prime Minister. Tomorrow, the Presidents of Lithuania and Poland will travel to Lublin where they will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The three heads of state will visit the headquarters of LITPOLUKRBRIG, a multinational Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian brigade, named after Hetman Konstanty Ostrogski of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. They will also take part in the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin in Lithuanian Square.
Last updated 2019.02.21 17:21Back