NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg conducting a visit in Lithuania praised Lithuania for increasing defence spending and efforts to strengthen security in the region at a meeting with Ministers of National Defence and Foreign Affairs in the evening of June 11. The NATO leader also underlined that as Lithuania increased defence financing it also strengthened the Alliance’s resolve to enhance collective defence.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, said at the global security forum GLOBSEC that NATO had to maintain its ability to adapt to new challenges and focus on its main task, collective defence; the success of the Alliance would depend on that in the future.
On 9 May in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius and NATO’s first Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven discussed hybrid threats, Lithuania’s efforts to defend against these threats, the improvement of the crisis management system, as well as the importance of increasing national resistance.
At the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels on 31 March, Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania underlined the significance of strengthening defence in the face of challenges posed by Russia.
On 13 March in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with a delegation of members of Political Committees of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, consisting of parliamentary representatives from France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece and Turkey, as well as of associate members from the parliaments of Sweden, Finland and Georgia.
An informal Snow Meeting brought together Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts for the tenth time in Paunguriai, the district of Trakai, to discuss the main challenges facing the transatlantic community today and responses to them.
On 12 January in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemöller and discussed topical NATO and security issues, the implementation of decisions of NATO’s Summit in Warsaw and preparations for the next summit, which would be take place in Brussels this year.
On 11 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, and discussed the implementation of decisions of the NATO Summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister thanked the General for his contribution to strengthening Lithuania’s security.
An informal Snow Meeting will bring together Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts for the tenth time to discuss the main challenges facing the transatlantic community today and responses to them.
The U.S. leadership role in NATO has acquired special significance in the face of growing security challenges, therefore, Lithuania is ready to work closely with the next U.S. administration. This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius at a meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brussels.
On 8 November in Bucharest, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with NATO’s new Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and discussed the Alliance’s role in maintaining a strong transatlantic link, as a security guarantor.
At the Warsaw Security Forum on 26 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius discussed regional security challenges and NATO’s response to them.
On 8 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission at the NATO Summit in Warsaw. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister underlined Georgia’s significant contribution to international operations and the country’s progress in the implementation of the defence reform.
On 30 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines, leaders and experts of think tanks based in Washington, D.C. On 1 July, Linkevičius also met with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State Victoria Nuland and the Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia at Office of the Vice President Anna Makanju. In the meetings, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister discussed strengthening transatlantic security, the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, issues related to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.