Baltic States Discuss Joint Actions in Security and Energy Sectors

Friday, May 27, Warsaw – In the Lithuanian Embassy in Warsaw, President Dalia Grybauskaite met with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia, who are also participating in the Central European Summit. During the trilateral meeting of the Baltic Presidents, President Grybauskaite underlined the importance of further cooperation among the Baltic States in the field of security and energy. “In the light of the upcoming NATO Summit scheduled next year in the USA, I invited the Baltic countries to continue maintaining uniform position regarding anti-missile defense and NATO-Russian relations in this field. It is very important for Lithuania’s interests that security for NATO allies is guaranteed by the Alliance, not by Russia,” President Dalia Grybauskaite said. According to the President, energy independence and the related regional development projects such as electricity connections between the Baltic and Nordic countries or the construction of a liquefied gas terminal are no less important for the Baltic states. Other issues discussed at the Baltic meeting included joint actions in the negotiations for the EU’s next financial perspective, seeking to make sure that appropriate EU support is allocated for the Baltic countries for the period beginning in 2014.