President of the Republic of Lithuania


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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.
Russia Conducts Drills Ahead of Exercises That Has Sparked NATO Concerns
Russia has begun military drills ahead of major war games that North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies are concerned about, but say are helping them better prepare for future tensions. NATO countries have warned that Moscow’s military maneuvers in Russia and Belarus, known as Zapad, threaten to trigger an accident or a wider conflict and offer an opportunity for Russia to push more powerful weaponry toward the border. “We see a very, very large scale offensive exercise that demonstrates hatred against the West,” said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, whose country borders Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. “It is clear that this will be used to upgrade the military in the region, to upgrade the modernization of the army.”
Viable relations with Israel are beneficial for Lithuania
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Speaker of Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. Bilateral relations, Israel’s cooperation with the European Union, security situation and geopolitical tension provoked by Russia as well as the Middle East peace process were discussed at the meeting. The President underscored that Israel was an excellent model of civic unity, love for homeland and commitment to defend it. Israel is the most important partner of Lithuania in the Middle East as the two countries are linked through a viable Litvak community as well as intense relations in the majority of fields.
Opening statement by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the 4th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice
Honorable Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Behind the walls of this building you can see the beautiful architecture of Vilnius. It shows the centuries that are lying in our society’s memory. It has always been our main ground for fight for freedom. We are proud that throughout its history Lithuania has never accepted any aggression against our country. For us freedom and the rule of law are the most important values. It is a great pleasure to welcome you in our country for the Fourth Congress of the World Conference of Constitutional Justice.
The focus of the U.S. is on security of the Baltic states
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Commanding General, of the United States European Command (EUCOM). Security situation in the Baltic states, bilateral military cooperation between Lithuania and the U.S. and enhancement of NATO’s defense and deterrence were discussed at the meeting. According to the President, the focus of the United States on security of the Baltic countries is paramount, especially now, when large scale offensive military exercises “Zapad 2017” will begin in Russia and Belarus in the middle of September.
Aggressive neighborhood of Lithuania is in focus of U.S. Congress as well
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the members of the United States Congress delegation. Security situation with the upcoming military exercises “Zapad”, response to hybrid threats, cooperation between Lithuania and the United States in the fields of defense, energy and economics were discussed at the meeting. According to the President, Lithuania has always felt the U.S. Congress’s strong support for the Baltic States and a clear understanding of our regional threats. High-principled position of the U.S. Congress on sanctions against Russia, EU energy independence, the rebuff to propaganda and cyber-attacks is a contribution to Lithuania’s security.
German troops – a guarantor of Lithuania‘s security
President Dalia Grybauskaitė and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany departed for the Great Lithuanian Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment to visit German soldiers serving at the NATO battalion. Presently, 450 German soldiers serve at the Alliance’s forward presence battle group, deployed in Lithuania. Germany has also assumed responsibility to lead this group. The President underscored that Lithuania highly appreciated Germany’s decision to play the key role in ensuring security of the Baltic countries. According to the President, Germany, which has the greatest political and economic weight in Europe, has repeatedly assumed responsibility in resolving complex crises in the EU.