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The Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: For its defence, Lithuania needs both a transatlantic link and a strong Europe

Created: 2021.11.16 / Updated: 2021.11.16 10:06

On 15 November in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended a joint session, during which foreign affairs and defence ministers exchanged views on the initial draft of the EU Strategic Compass, with a view to the European Council's discussion in December. The document is due to provide clear political-strategic guidance on the EU approach to security and defence.

"The EU Strategic Compass for security and defence process aims to boost the EU’s capacity to respond to crises, capabilities to counter hybrid and cyber threats, as well as to overcome the challenges posed by emerging technologies, and to strengthen security and defence partnerships in the next 5 to 10 years," said Landsbergis.

Landsbergis stressed that, while developing its security and defence initiatives, the EU must remain open to cooperation with strategic partners, especially the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and ensure that it complemented, rather than duplicated NATO efforts.

“Our defence is, first and foremost, ensured by the transatlantic link and the collective defense commitment that is at the very heart of NATO's founding treaty. But our security environment is constantly evolving, so our response must be broad. Lithuania will strive for the EU to have a full set of measures to counter hybrid threats, including the weaponising of migrants against the EU," said Landsbergis.

EU leaders should finalise the Strategic Compass process by March 2022.


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