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2015.09.08 13:45

NATO Parliamentary Assembly opens spring session in Vilnius

 (BNS) A three-day spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly started at the Seimas, Lithuanian parliament, on Friday. More than 600 participants from 28 NATO member-states, NATO PA-associated members, regional partners, delegations of the European Parliament (EP) and various international organizations were expected at the event.

 (BNS) A three-day spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly started at the Seimas, Lithuanian parliament, on Friday. More than 600 participants from 28 NATO member-states, NATO PA-associated members, regional partners, delegations of the European Parliament (EP) and various international organizations were expected at the event.

MP Andrius Mazuronis, the head of the Lithuanian parliamentary delegation at the NATO PA, said the situation in Ukraine would be one of the central discussion topics of the session.

“We wanted somebody to present the situation in Ukraine. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Secretary, Andriy Parubiy, is scheduled to speak at the plenary session,” Mazuronis told BNS.

The Friday’s plenary will also include statements by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO PA President Hugh Bayley, and other politicians.

During the Vilnius session, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly plans to discuss three draft documents, namely, a declaration on NATO enlargement proposed by the Lithuanian parliament, a declaration on support to Ukrain, and a declaration on trans-Atlantic relations. The latter will be submitted to the upcoming NATO summit in the United Kingdom.

Mazuronis said the foreign guests will also visit the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence operating in Lithuania.

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