President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President to meet with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands

2017-08-08

Tuesday, August 8, Vilnius – On Friday, August 11, at 9.30, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte. The bilateral meeting between the leaders of Lithuania and the Netherlands will be held at the Great Lithuanian Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla where Dutch soldiers are presently serving.

Visiting Dutch soldiers serving at the NATO enhanced forward presence battalion is one of the main objectives of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Now, 250 Dutch soldiers serve at the German-led international battalion. Dutch military equipment, armored vehicles and infantry fighting vehicles are also stationed in Lithuania. Dutch fighters were on air policing mission repeatedly. Dutch military officers also serve at the NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius. 

Dalia Grybauskaitė and Mark Rutte will discuss threats to security; risk posed by the approaching military exercises Zapad 2017 and issues related to ensuring regional security. The run-up to NATO summit will be in the focus of the meeting. Lithuania’s aim in the meeting – decisions enhancing collective defense, particularly in the Eastern flank of the Alliance, and helping ensure effective and rapid reaction to arising threats as well as their deterrence.  

The Netherlands and Lithuania actively support the establishment of NATO cyber forces and fight against propaganda and fake news. Lithuania supports Dutch initiative to establish a Military Schengen allowing the free movement of Alliance’s forces within the territory of the Alliance.  

The Netherlands firmly denounce Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and the actions that caused the shot down of Malaysian Airlines aircraft MH17 with some 300 Dutch and other foreign nationals on board. 

Bilateral relations between Lithuania and the Netherlands, topical issues of the EU as well as cooperation among Baltic, Nordic and Benelux countries will be also discussed at the meeting. 

The Netherlands is one of the main economic partners of Lithuania. It is the second largest investor and the seventh largest trade partner of Lithuania. The Port of Rotterdam handles 20 per cent of cargo coming from the Port of Klaipėda.  The two countries enjoy active bilateral cooperation in the development of LNG technologies. Each year, Lithuania and the Netherlands hold a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Forum. Klaipėdos Nafta, which is an operator of Klaipėda Terminal, is engaged in cooperation with Dutch companies in the field of expanding LNG distribution by road transport means and vessels as well as by ship-to-ship transfer.   

Dutch Government shares a negative view on the intentions of Gazprom to build Nord Stream 2 pipeline. 

After the meeting, the President and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands will watch the demonstration of NATO enhanced forward presence battalion, talk to soldiers serving in the battalion and see the military equipment in Gaižiūnai Polygon.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.08.11 12:14

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