President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Conversation with Barack Obama: US support to Lithuanian and Baltic security


Monday, May 21, Chicago - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, attending the NATO Summit in Chicago, discussed the security of the Baltic States with US President Barack Obama. Latvian President Andris Bērziņš and Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip also participated in the conversation.

The Baltic leaders and the US President addressed the implementation of contingency plans in the Baltic States, the extension of air policing mission, and the regional security issues.

According to President Dalia Grybauskaitė, the United States is fully aware of the challenges facing Lithuania and the Baltic countries and is ready to help overcome them. Intensive cooperation with the United States is already yielding concrete results, she said.

"Cooperation with the United States is increasingly more intensive not only in security, but also in economic and energy spheres. America is not only Lithuania's key partner who supported the unlimited extension of NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics, it also contributes in a major way to the energy projects of strategic importance to our country - liquefied natural gas terminal and the Visaginas nuclear power plant," the President underlined.
Dalia Grybauskaitė thanked US President Barack Obama for the decisions important to the Baltic States taken at the NATO Summit on the missile defence system, air policing mission, implementation of contingency plans. She said that without President Obama's personal contribution the results that are of key significance to Baltic security would have been impossible. US President Barack Obama voiced strong support for the air policing mission in the Baltic States yesterday, when addressing the North Atlantic Council.

According to the President, US support is also very important for Lithuania's determined aspiration to have the highest nuclear safety standards applied to all power plants, including those under construction in Kaliningrad and Astraviets.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.05.21 21:56