They discussed the security situation in the region and the situation on the border between the European Union and Belarus with President Gitan Nauseda.
Nausea: There is no doubt that Lukashenko’s regime and his troops will continue to test
After the meeting, G. Nausėda stated that he saw the visit of NATO and EC leaders as “an important sign of solidarity, support and support for Lithuania”.
The head of state announced that the security situation in the Baltic States and the Ukraine had been discussed with the guests.
“And the situation around Ukraine due to the mobilization of Russian armed forces, which is particularly close to our hearts. Another worrying process is the full military integration of Belarus into Russian military structures and doctrines. This poses new challenges for NATO’s collective security, and NATO should adapt its plans, strategies and tactics accordingly and be prepared for a possible response.
Should the security situation become even more complicated, we do not rule out the possibility of requesting consultations under NATO Article 4, ”said G. Nausėda at a press conference.
According to the President, the issue has already been discussed in the National Defense Council, where it was agreed that the appeal to NATO “should be adopted with one voice from all members of the Council”.
“The criteria for applying for NATO aid were also agreed at the council meeting. The possibility of activating Article 4 of NATO was recently discussed with the Presidents of the Baltic States and Poland. We believe that such actions should be coordinated among the region’s allies, ”said G. Nausėda.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President Gitan Nauseda.
The president said the migration crisis on the Belarusian border was unlikely in the near future.
“We just noticed it then. And, in our opinion, a solution is difficult to expect in the near future. It remains both complex and very difficult to predict. There is no doubt that Aliaksandr Lukashenko’s regime and the forces supporting it will continue to test the unity of the western world by all means and tactics, ”said G. Nauseda at a press conference on Sunday.
Lithuania, Poland and Latvia have faced an influx of migrants from the Middle East trying to enter the EU from Belarus since the summer.
The situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border, where Moscow has mobilized thousands of troops, is also worrying for the countries of the region.
EU leader: Lukashenko failed to undermine the unity of the EU
The President of the European Commission, U. von der Leyen, said at a press conference that the EC was “in full solidarity with Lithuania, Poland and Latvia” in this situation.
“Lithuania has been facing a deliberate, cynical and dangerous hybrid attack by the Lukashenko regime for the last 4 months. He threatens the lives of innocent civilians, he makes false promises. Lithuania is dealing with this crisis humanely and with determination. The EU continues to support you in your endeavors, ”he said.
Mr. von der Leyen confirmed at a press conference that Lithuania will be tripled.
‘A. Lukashenko failed to undermine the solidarity and unity of the EU. We will all stand together against this hybrid attack, but we would advise that lessons be learned. “We cannot turn away from internal problems – our competitors, our opponents cannot simply accept hybrid attacks against us and use them to hide problems in their countries,” said the EK chief.
NATO chief: That is the least cynical behavior
At a press conference after the meeting, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said that no ally would be left alone.
‘A. The Lukashenko regime exploits vulnerable people to put pressure on neighboring states. This is the least cynical behavior. No ally is left alone, all allies support Lithuania in solidarity. And we have already provided practical support and assistance – NATO has sent a team of experts to Lithuania to share their experience in combating hybrid threats, ”said J. Stoltenberg.
The NATO Secretary General said the refugee crisis affects both NATO countries and the EU.
“Lithuania belongs to both organizations, so it is important that we visit both of them together today. Both NATO and the EU work together on a wide variety of security issues, including combating hybrid threats. “Today we discussed how we can step up our joint efforts, including by signing a new declaration, to better tackle threats together,” he said.
Regarding the mobilization of Russian forces near Ukraine, J. Stoltenberg said that one should try to de-escalate this situation.
“NATO stands ready to defend all allies, and we will continue to provide practical and political support to our partner, Ukraine. The NATO foreign ministers will meet in Riga on Tuesday to assess the situation in the security region and the situation in Sakartvele in Ukraine. We will not succumb to intimidation from Russia, ”said the NATO Secretary General.
Mr. Stoltenberg reminds that he continues to promote the dialogue.
“The alliance proposed 18 months ago that a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council be held, which is still in force and only requires Russia’s approval. “NATO will continue its deterrent and defense mission, trying to protect the Baltic states and Poland and repelling any possible aggression,” said the NATO Secretary General.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg assured that if Russia decided to use violence, this would undoubtedly have consequences.
“We would show our will and our capabilities, and the consequences would be the same as before: When Crimea was illegally annexed, NATO allies and the EU imposed severe financial and economic sanctions. Since then we have implemented collective defense provisions, the strictest since the Cold War, ”the NATO Secretary General reminded us.
He said there were no plans to deploy new missiles in Europe.
“But we definitely have to react when we see that Russia is constantly violating armaments agreements, disarmament agreements for long-range missiles. (…) We also have to ensure that our defense and deterrence system is credible, we will continue to work closely on it, we will increase the operational readiness of our armed forces. “We have deployed a missile defense system, we are also strengthening our conventional capabilities and continue to control the armaments process,” said Stoltenberg.
Šimonytė: It is obvious that you cannot give in to blackmail
In a press conference after the meeting, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said the purpose of the hybrid attack was to abandon EU values and give in to blackmail.
“We all remember that what began this summer at the Lithuanian border and what was initially rated somewhat more moderately became what we all conventionally call a hybrid attack today. The aim of this attack is very clear: to force the EU member states and the EU to give up their values and give in to blackmail. It is obvious that this is not possible, ”said I. Šimonytė, the head of government.
Mr. Nausėda said that a new package of sanctions against Belarus was being prepared, which may not be the last.
“The sanctions package is still being prepared, there will be another additional sanctions package, nobody can rule out that there will be more of them,” said G. Nausėda.
According to the state chief, the chairman of the EC Commission has already done a lot to make the question of financing the external border audible.
“Leadership and possible solutions are really shown,” said G. Nausėda at the press conference.
The government met at a meeting of the State Defense Council in the presidency
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U. von der Leyen and J. Stoltenberg will visit Lithuania for a day.
Almost 4.2 thousand people entered Lithuania illegally this year. Migrants.
Vilnius accuses the Minsk regime of organizing migration flows and calls it hybrid aggression.
As a result, an emergency situation was declared.
Since a large number of migrants were concentrated on the Belarusian border with Poland, the Seimas also declared a state of emergency for a month on the Lithuanian border.
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