Lithuania calls for additional NATO forces on its border

2023-05-30 14:35:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Lithuania calls for additional NATO forces on its border

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has stressed the need for an increased NATO presence on the alliance's eastern border at a time of Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine.

During a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Vilnius on May 30, Nauseda stressed the importance of strengthening the alliance in this region.

He called for the creation of powerful air and missile defense systems, as well as a greater deployment of allied forces.

"This is a front line that needs to be very strong. We need air and missile defense and a greater presence of allied forces in the region," he said.

Nauseda also emphasized the indispensable role of Germany's sustained commitment to Lithuania's security, which is crucial for the preservation of NATO's entire eastern flank.

Currently, a NATO combat unit in Lithuania, led by Germany, consists of 760 German soldiers.

Lithuania is a strong supporter of Ukraine and opposes its occupation by Russia. Last month, the Lithuanian parliament approved a resolution proposing that Ukraine be invited to join NATO during the alliance's summit in July in the country.

Out of 141 members of parliament, 129 participated in the vote and all voted in favor of the resolution.

"We believe that Ukraine will contribute to our security and make NATO stronger," said Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Zygimantas Pavilionis.

The next NATO summit is scheduled to be held on July 11-12 in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius.

In February, Ukraine said it hoped to receive an invitation to join NATO early this summer. On September 30 of last year, Ukraine submitted its application for NATO membership through the accelerated procedure.

On the day of the application, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, when asked about Ukraine's NATO bid, said that "every democracy in Europe has the right to apply for NATO membership, and NATO allies respect that." right. And we have repeatedly stated that NATO's door remains open"/ Rel 

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