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2017-09-13
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.”
2017-09-13
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.
2017-09-12
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.
2017-09-01
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.
2017-08-30
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.
2017-08-25
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.
2017-08-24
Lithuania and Germany enjoy special bonds
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in the EU and NATO. It is the first Steinmeier’s official visit to Lithuania after assuming office of the President. On the second day of the visit, Presidents Steinmeier and Grybauskaitė will visit German soldiers serving at the NATO forward presence battalion in Rukla. According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, Germany is one of the closest partners of Lithuania. Both countries are tightly bound together by long-term historic and cultural ties while successful bilateral economic cooperation contributes to the well-being of Lithuanian people. Germany is the second largest trade partner and the third largest foreign investor that has created over 17 thousand jobs in Lithuania.
2017-08-11
Dutch soldiers – a model of NATO unity and social solidarity
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte. After the bilateral meeting, the President and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands visited Dutch soldiers serving at the NATO’s enhanced forward presence battalion. Dalia Grybauskaitė underscored that the Netherlands, the second largest investor in Lithuania, currently was one of the main security partners as well. Now, the German-led NATO enhanced forward presence battalion is the place of service for 250 Dutch soldiers who came to Lithuania along with infantry fighting vehicles, armored vehicles and other equipment.
2017-08-08
The President to meet with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands
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.
2017-07-06
Dalia Grybauskaitė directly presented to Donald Trump specific threats to Lithuania
President Dalia Grybauskaitė attends a meeting between the leaders of the region and U.S. President Donald Trump. The main aim of the meeting, attended by twelve heads of state of the Eastern and Central Europe, is to inform the U.S. President about threats and challenges faced by the region. President Dalia Grybauskaitė informed the U.S. President directly of specific security situation in the region and Lithuania‘s defense needs.