President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President leaves on a working visit to Warsaw

2018-06-08

Friday, June 8, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving for Warsaw to attend a summit of nine Baltic and Central European countries, referred to as the Bucharest Nine, and festive events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence.

The aim of the summit is to come to an agreement on common objectives and to propose joint solutions on bringing the security of NATO’s Eastern flank and the entire Alliance to the next level in the run-up to the NATO summit in Brussels.

The format of cooperation between the presidents of nine states – the Bucharest Nine – was born in 2015 in the run up to the Warsaw Summit and was aimed at better defending common security interests in the region and ensuring reliable deterrence.  The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania meet regularly each year before every NATO summit.

The Warsaw Summit will focus on the problem and measures related to the Suwalki Corridor that would prevent separating Lithuania from NATO ‘s reinforcement in the event of a crisis. The heads of state will also hear military threat analysis presented by defense and security experts – General Ben Hodges, former Commanding General, United States Army Europe and General Hans-Lothar Domröse, former Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.

The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania will adopt a joint declaration of the Bucharest Nine.

After the summit, at the invitation of President Andrzej Duda of Poland, President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with leaders of other countries will attend the festive concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence at the Royal Theatre.

On behalf of the people of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė is taking a special gift to Poland – a replica of the tile with the coat of arms of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – and Vasa Dynasty.  It was created by the renown specialist-expert in ceramics restoration Bronislava Kunkulienė.

The impressive, four hundred year old tile with the coat of arms was discovered when researching the territory of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and was most probably designed under the rule of Sigismundus Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.  The composition of the Lithuanian Vytis and Polish Eagle depicted on the tile is a beautiful symbol of the history uniting both nations.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.06.08 09:38

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