President of the Republic of Lithuania


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Swift and effective NATO is a common objective of Lithuania and Denmark
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen to discuss bilateral relations, topical EU issues, including Brexit negotiations, and the Community's future model after Britain leaves the European Union. Special focus was placed on defense matters, international security, and the objectives of the next NATO summit. After their bilateral meeting, the Lithuanian President and the Prime Minister of Denmark met with the Danish military personnel serving in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission at the Zokniai air base. Four Danish fighter jets and 60 pilots and staff currently patrol the skies over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
YEAR IN REVIEW: Dalia Grybauskaitė, president of Lithuania
The Lithuanian president was most concerned about Russian aggression in 2017. POLITICO asked political figures from around Europe for their reflections on 2017 and their predictions for the new year. Here, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė gives her take on Europe in the year just passed.
EU member states’ solidarity is a response to security challenges
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with EU member states’ ambassadors accredited to Lithuania. The traditional annual meeting focused on geopolitical and security situation in Europe, reviewed key matters in EU and international politics as well as current affairs in Lithuania. According to the President, the offensive and hostile to the west military exercise “Zapad” held this year demonstrated the necessity to continue enhancing European security from the Arctic to the Baltic states. Decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Warsaw are being efficiently implemented. NATO’s enhanced forward presence troops are deployed in the Baltic States and Poland; however, it is necessary to ensure air defense and provide conditions for rapid deployment of the Allied support.
Eastern partners‘ future is in their own hands
President Dalia Grybauskaitė attends the fifth Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels. The meeting, attended by state delegations from 28 EU member states and 6 Eastern Partner countries, took stock of what has been achieved and drew guidelines for the initiative. President Dalia Grybauskaitė discussed the effort to achieve deeper rapprochement with the EU with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip. According to the President, significant results have been achieved during the four years following the Vilnius Summit and “Maidan” – Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have become associated partners of the EU with successfully functioning EU visa-free regimes, enhancing political and economic cooperation as well as people-to-people relations.
Regional security is a common interest of Lithuania and Sweden
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Speaker of the Swedish Parliament - Riksdag - Urban Ahlin and members of his delegation. Bilateral cooperation, enhancement of regional security and defense as well as preparation for the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Brussels this week were discussed at the meeting. The President underscored that security of the Baltic countries and that of Sweden were closely interrelated. Although Sweden is not a member of NATO, it is strategically important in the regional defense, and its participation in deterrence and defense planning is paramount. Therefore, it is very important to enhance military cooperation, organize joint exercises, exchange information and improve military interaction.
The President urges the world to stop aggressors
In her annual statement at the UN General Assembly in New York, President Dalia Grybauskaitė drew attention of the world towards threats posed by the Russian military exercise “Zapad 2017”. The UN General Assembly is attended by the heads of almost 200 states of the world, including Latvia, Estonia Poland and Ukraine that are directly subjected to the threat posed by the exercise “Zapad 2017”. According to the President, the world’s attention is now focused on North Korea, but the same methods of blackmail and aggression are being used in Ukraine and along NATO’s eastern border with Russia.
At the meeting between the Presidents of Lithuania and Poland – focus on regional security
President Dalia Grybauskaitė who attends the UN General Assembly met with President Andrzej Duda of Poland. The Presidents discussed security situation in the region, cooperation in NATO and the EU as well as implementation of national energy and infrastructure projects. Dalia Grybauskaitė invited the President of Poland to attend the celebration events of the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania on February 16 next year. At the invitation of the President of Poland, Dalia Grybauskaitė will also attend celebration events that mark the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence next year.
Statement by President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, The topic of this year’s debate invites to focus on people and our responsibility to ensure their peaceful and sustainable future. However, in today’s world such peaceful future is threatened as never before. Authoritarian regimes continue to kill with impunity, extremist ideologies treat innocent people with unspeakable cruelty and thousands die after leaving their homes in search for better and more peaceful lives.
Directly to the UN Secretary-General – about “Zapad 2017” challenges
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York and directly informed him about Russia‘s actions at the border with Lithuania, security situation in the region and threats posed to the people all over the world by aggressive military exercise “Zapad”. According to the President, it is very important to give objective inside information to the world leaders and heads of international organizations on what is going on in our region. President Dalia Grybauskaitė is the only leader of the states directly exposed to the threats by “Zapad” who has a possibility to present the situation directly to the Secretary-General during the Assembly.
The President will bring world’s attention to the security of our region
President Dalia Grybauskaitė has left for the General Assembly of the United Nations where she will directly inform world leaders about the security situation at Lithuania’s border and in the region as well as about aggressive scenarios practiced at the offensive military exercise “Zapad”. The Presidents of all countries in the region, which experience direct threat by “Zapad”, i.e. Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Ukraine, will attend the UN General Assembly. According to the President, it is paramount to warn the international community in a loud and clear voice about the dangers posed to the region: we will be protected if we are heard.