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2014.03.28 11:16

President’s Dalia Grybauskaite State of the Nation Address

Algirdas Acus | LRT2014.03.28 11:16

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, during her annual State of the Nation address at the Parliament, stressed that the country shall increase the funding for defence up to 2% of its GDP, in the next five years, in order to cope with the changing security situation, in the context of the Crimea crisis.  

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, during her annual State of the Nation address at the Parliament, stressed that the country shall increase the funding for defence up to 2% of its GDP, in the next five years, in order to cope with the changing security situation, in the context of the Crimea crisis.

Lithuania now spends only nearly 0.8% of GDP on defence and is behind all NATO member-countries in this respect, except for Luxembourg. NATO partners, including the United States, have on numerous occasions criticized Lithuania for the insufficient defence spending.

On the other hand, Dalia Grybauskaite praised Lithuania's efforts to ensure energy independence from Russia through Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal and electricity connections – implementation of both projects is nearing to the final phase.

The President also stressed the imperative of joining the Euro zone, which the Government promises to do in 2015.

 

SOUNDBITE (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITE, Lithuanian President:
 

The world puts trust in Lithuania. So, let us trust ourselves more. We have to concentrate on meeting the new challenges. We shall immediately renew consensus of all political forces, not only pertaining to foreign and security policy, but also to adequate funding for defence. We are ready to achieve the 2 % of GDP funding for defence in the next five years, and we can do that without harming other economic sectors and social groups.

SOUNDBITE (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITE, Lithuanian President:
 

In autumn, after overcoming all challenges and storms raised by various commissions, of our own and foreign hand, Lithuania will have the symbol of its energy independence, a special ship with liquefied natural gas terminal. Many European countries already envy us this project.

SOUNDBITE (Lithuanian)

DALIA GRYBAUSKAITE, Lithuanian President:
 

Over the recent years, Lithuania has managed to secure not only gas, but also electricity supply alternatives – next year the power cue with Sweden is going to be launched. Thus Lithuania will connect to Western Europe through electricity networks, which fact actually means the end of the energy dependency.

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