President of the Republic of Lithuania


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Necessity to boost NATO’s readiness
President Dalia Grybauskaitė attended a summit of nine presidents of the Baltic and Central European countries, also known as the Bucharest Nine, in Warsaw. The leaders adopted a political declaration stating an agreement to pursue common objectives and further boost defense of the Alliance’s Eastern flank in the upcoming NATO summit. The President underscored that a rapid, prepared and modern NATO was the best deterrence from any aggression.
Baltic and Nordic security is indivisible
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with members of the Nordic parliaments to discuss regional security issues. Special focus was placed on lessons learned from Zapad 2017, preparations for the upcoming NATO summit, NATO's defense reform, allied military mobility, and how NATO could benefit from the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). The President stressed that Russia's offensive military exercise Zapad 2017, conducted this past autumn to test aggressive scenarios against the West, demonstrated that Russia could mobilize a great number of troops within a very short span of time, exploit highly advanced military and hybrid technologies, and wage a large-scale war against NATO.
NATO battalion deployed one year ago: reliable deterrence
President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Croatia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević, Dutch Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld, German State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Defense Marcus Grübel and NATO's Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller discussed the strengthening of NATO’s defense and security at the Great Lithuanian Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla. The meeting marked the first anniversary of the deployment of NATO’s forward presence battalion in Lithuania. Presently, the core of the battalion is comprised of German, Dutch, French, Croatian and Norwegian troops.
The President in Davos: Europe is coming back
President Dalia Grybauskaitė was among the discussion leaders at the World Economic Forum's session "Central and Eastern Europe: A New Agenda for the Continent?" Also taking part in the discussion were Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The President underlined that Europe was coming back with new leadership and new commitments to the future. In the face of global challenges, it is very much in the interest of smaller states to be part of a strong Community. Therefore, Lithuania and other countries of the region support closer integration in economic, cyber security and defense fields.
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.