Lithuania's outgoing Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has asked NATO allies to cooperate more closely with Georgia and Ukraine and maintain a focus on "open door policy".
During a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday, Linkevičius spoke on behalf of Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Slovakia, saying there was a need for "closer cooperation with the partners in the Black Sea region – Ukraine and Georgia".
Lithuania's top diplomat also "presented a letter from a group of 13 like-minded countries, calling for maintaining focus on NATO’s open door policy", according to a press release by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry. The letter had been prepared at Vilnius' initiative, according to the ministry.
"We are strongly committed to helping Georgia and Ukraine along the path of their integration into the Euroatlantic community. We would also wish to encourage looking for solutions that could strengthen our partners' security as well as our own," the minister said.
The Ukrainian and Georgian foreign ministers took part in the discussion on the security situation in the Black Sea region.
NATO foreign ministers' meeting was held online for the second time this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.