Lithuania’s Foreign Minister meets with NATO’s new Deputy Secretary General
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.
According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, in the changing international security environment, NATO’s member countries must remain united and show solidary.
“At a time when the transatlantic community is facing new security challenges, NATO’s unity and a possibility of making a joint effort to respond to all threats are more important than ever, regardless of their nature and location,” said Linkevičius.
During the conversation, the interlocutors discussed the implementation of decisions of NATO’s Summit in Warsaw and preparations for the Alliance’s next Summit, which was scheduled to take place in the first half of 2017 in Brussels.
According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, sending the Alliance’s four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland is an important step towards strengthening the Alliance’s collective defence and deterrence. It is now important to properly implement this solution – the battalions must be properly trained and equipped in order to be able to respond to any possible armed aggression. Moreover, all barriers must be lifted for arrival of allied reinforcements to the region in a timely and unimpeded manner in case of necessity.
Linkevičius and Gottemoeller also discussed further NATO-Russia dialogue. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, we should not be under the illusion that such a dialogue could replace NATO’s measures to strengthen collective security and deterrence.
“The Alliance will achieve its objectives, if it follows its values consistently and in every step, speaks with one voice and leaves no doubt about the commitments under Article 5,” said Linkevičius.
Gottemoeller replaced Alexander Vershbow as Deputy Secretary General of NATO on 17 October. She is the first female to occupy this position. Prior to her appointment, Gottemoeller served as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State.
On 8 November in Bucharest, Linkevičius and Gottemoeller were taking part in a regional meeting of Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria on security policy issues.