Lithuanian and Romanian officials discuss opportunities for strengthening their political cooperation in Bucharest
On 22 November, political consultations between Lithuania and Romania were held in Bucharest. The consultations were led by the Political Directors of the Foreign Ministries of both countries - Asta Skaisgirytė and Stefan Tinca.
The meeting focused mainly on security challenges facing the Baltic and Black Sea regions. The participants shared their experiences on strengthening regional cooperation formats. The Political Directors agreed that a strong transatlantic link and action compatibility with NATO remained a guarantor of security. Both countries support new EU initiatives in the field of security and defense. Thus, it is important to ensure that additional capabilities do not duplicate or compete with those of NATO's.
Both countries agreed that deliberate disinformation campaigns and the dissemination of fake news harmed national security and endangered their internal stability. The officials agreed to continue working together to ensure a coordinated EU action to tackle disinformation and to actively pursue a timely implementation of the Action Plan for a coordinated EU response to Russia's on-going disinformation campaigns that would be presented by December 2018.
Priorities of Romania‘s Presidency of the Council of the EU (in the first half of 2019) were also presented in the meeting.
When discussing energy security, Lithuania presented challenges posed by the construction of an unsafe Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus and the latest developments.
The Political Directors also discussed the situation in the Western Balkans and foreign policy issues in the Eastern Neighborhood countries.
This year, Lithuania and Romania are celebrating the centennials of the restoration of the two States. The countries are currently also enjoying close political, historical, and cultural ties.