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2015.09.08 13:45

Grybauskaitė: the US is throwing its weight behind NATO Baltic defence

(BNS) After a meeting of Central and Eastern European leaders with US President Barack Obama in Poland, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said NATO will ensure the safety of the Baltic States and Poland from foreign incursion.

 (BNS) After a meeting of Central and Eastern European leaders with US President Barack Obama in Poland, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said NATO will ensure the safety of the Baltic States and Poland from foreign incursion.

“We now have a truly large exercise, and it is long-term – one exercise is replaced by another, with participation of various countries. The scope of exercises are something we haven’t seen before, and an exercise involving over 1,000 Danish troops with tanks, etc. will start this month. We see unprecedented security guarantees for the Baltic states and Poland and, without a shadow of doubt, the security guarantees, which are said to be stepped up, will come in various shapes and forms,” Grybauskaitė said in a telephone interview to BNS.

In her words, the security guarantees will be increased to the extent that it is necessary to ensure full security and deterrence of “those who would like to demonstrate their muscle and aggression towards neighbors.”

Grybauskaitė said Obama’s statement about plans to step up defense in Europe and earmark an additional one billion US dollars towards the objective makes her optimistic.

“For the Baltic States and Poland it means additional security guarantees – direct from the United States. Furthermore, it means a commitment to revise and supplement our defense plans and prepare relevant solutions for the fall summit of NATO,” the Lithuanian president told BNS.

In her words, the US is returning to Europe.

The president also stated that US shale gas may help reduce gas prices on international markets, which will help ensure energy independence for Europe.

Grybauskaitė noted that individual NATO member-states should provide sufficient defense funding to be able to demand help from other countries.

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