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VILNIUS – Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on Monday in Vilnius to discuss bilateral relations, topical EU issues, including Brexit negotiations, and the Community’s future model after Britain leaves the European Union. Special focus was placed on defense matters, international security, and the objectives of the next NATO summit.
After their bilateral meeting, the Lithuanian President and the Prime Minister of Denmark met with the Danish military personnel serving in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission at the Zokniai air base. Four Danish fighter jets and 60 pilots and staff currently patrol the skies over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
According to the President, Russia’s unpredictable, aggressive and openly anti-Western behavior poses a real threat to the security of the region and to the whole of Europe as clearly demonstrated by the offensive scenarios against NATO tested during its military exercise Zapad 2017.
Dalia Grybauskaitė said that one of the basic tasks for NATO was to operate as a swift and effective alliance capable of making a rapid shift to large-scale collective defense. It is therefore necessary to work out a reinforcement strategy for the defense of the Baltic States, prevent a possible military isolation of the region, ensure regional air defense, and reform NATO’s headquarters.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė thanked Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen for his support and for his country’s contribution to the security of the Baltic States. It is the sixth deployment of the Danish air force in the Baltic Air Policing mission. Danish troops also serve in the multinational forward presence battalion stationed in Estonia. A Danish officer commands the NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius, established to ensure that NATO’s high-readiness forces can be deployed in a rapid manner. Danish soldiers have repeatedly taken part in NATO exercises in Lithuania and in the region.
Lithuania and Denmark maintain dynamic economic contacts. Denmark ranks eighth among foreign investors in Lithuania. Last year Danish business investments in our country amounted to a total of 628 million euros and the turnover of bilateral trade exceeded one billion euros.
The Office of the President of Lithuania