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Provisions essential to Lithuania embedded in NATO's New Strategic Concept


On November 19-20, Minister of National Defence Rasa Juknevičienė and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Gen Arvydas Pocius participated in the NATO Summit, Lisbon, in the delegation of the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. 


On November 19, the new NATO's Strategic Concept was adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the historical Lisbon Summit: the document reaffirms NATO as a primarily military Alliance ready to counter conventional threats ad well as emerging security challenges. The fact that the Strategic Concept embodies the fundamental provisions of collective defence and security guarantees backed by actual defence plans, exercises and infrastructure, is of essential value for Lithuania.


In a separate session Lithuanian Minister R. Juknevičienė with the Allied Defence Ministers addressed NATO agenda after the Lisbon Summit. „NATO Response Force's exercise in the territories of Belarus and Lithuania in the nearest future would be a great example of realization of the new strategy", said R. Juknevičienė. The Minister also pointed out that balance should be maintained in conducting cost-effective capability planning between capabilities needed for NATO to deliver security commitments to the Allies and capabilities necessary to ensure security outside the Alliance's territory.


In the Young Leaders Summit held in Lisbon R.Juknevičienė presented Lithuania's approach to NATO partnerships in the Eastern European neighborhood. According to the Lithuanian Minister, the Baltic States were the best example of NATO and the EU membership's effect on the states through promotion of democracy. R. Juknevičienė underlined that NATO should sustain open door policy, continue supporting Georgia's aspirations and close practical cooperation with Ukraine, extend its efforts to find a relevant formula of dialogue with Russia, and follow closely positive changes in Belarus.


In a bilateral meeting Defence Minister of Latvia Artis Pabriks and Lithuanian Minister R. Juknevičienė discussed perspectives of the Baltic defence cooperation. „I am firmly convinced that in the future we will be addressing not only cooperation but defence and security integration of the Baltic States", stressed R. Juknevičienė. The meeting Ministers also agreed about the necessity to continue strengthening cooperation in the Nordic-Baltic format. Lithuanian Minister of National Defence also discussed points of bilateral defence cooperation in the meeting with the Minister of Defence of Poland Bogdan Klich. On November 20, Heads of State and Government and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence of NATO member states attended the meeting of ISAF contributing nations and NATO-Russia Council Summit.


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