President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President meets with Mike Pompeo in New York

2018-09-27

Thursday, September 27, New York  – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly in New Yok, met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg.

Among the issues discussed at the trilateral meeting was military cooperation with the United States and Norway, emerging threats from the East, and transatlantic security. Special focus was placed on the need to ensure regional air defense over the Baltic States. It is for this reason that Lithuania is buying mid-range air defense systems NASAMS from Norway.

Energy security was also discussed. Lithuania’s and Norway’s leadership in strengthening the energy security of the entire region was underscored. Having built an LNG terminal and completed electricity interconnections with Poland and Sweden, Lithuania is no longer dependent on energy supplies from Russia. Our experience could be useful to other countries working to diversify their energy supplies and secure energy self-sufficiency.

The President underlined that a well-defined energy security policy should be also developed at NATO level. This is critically important now that conventional threats are replaced by hybrid warfare and dependency on a single energy source is used as an instrument of political manipulation and blackmail.

It is essential not only to ensure diverse energy sources, but also to protect energy networks against possible subversive action or terror attacks, to counter increasingly frequent cyber attacks and efforts to disrupt critical energy infrastructure, as well as to play out anti-hybrid warfare scenarios.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.09.27 20:17

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