2021.06.09 16:30

Baltic states witness ‘unprecedented incidents and provocations’, says Lithuanian president

BNS2021.06.09 16:30

The Baltic states share a common stance amid "unprecedented" security incidents and provocations in the region, according to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda.

“The views of the Baltic States in assessing the regional threats coincide completely. NATO’s collective defence and deterrence task must be implemented effectively,” he said after a remote coordination meeting held on Wednesday with the leaders of Latvia and Estonia ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14.

“This is particularly important now that we are witnessing unprecedented security incidents and provocations at NATO’s Eastern borders,” he added.

Nausėda, Latvian President Egils Levits and Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas discussed their national positions on the most important points of the NATO summit agenda, the presidential office said in a press release.

The issues discussed included the security situation in the region, relations with Eastern neighbours, and implementation of the NATO 2030 strategic concept.

Nausėda stated that Russia remained a major long-term threat not only to the Baltic region but to the entire alliance as well.

The meeting discussed NATO’s “open door policy”, highlighting the necessity to step up political and practical assistance to Ukraine and Georgia.

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