Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis: The intensifying economic, political, academic and security ties between Norway and Lithuania strengthen both our region and the entire European continent
On 24 November in Oslo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt.
“The cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries is a unique example of regional unity. The intensifying economic, political, academic, and security ties between Norway and Lithuania strengthen both our region and the entire European continent. The participation of Norwegian troops in NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania is a very significant component of regional security. Lithuanians highly appreciate solidarity of Norwegian people," minister Landsbergis said at the meeting with the Norwegian counterpart.
The head of Lithuania's diplomacy noted that with winter approaching, the international community could not slow down the pace of assistance to Ukraine, as Russia’s threat level in the future would depend on how quickly Ukraine would win the war.
“Many households across Europe and elsewhere in the world are worried about the price of energy. However, this must not overshadow the most important thing — the more support the international community, including Norway, provides, the sooner Europe will begin to live to the rhythm of Ukraine’s reconstruction rather than of war,” Landsbergis said.
Among other important items of the international agenda, the ministers discussed the importance of Russia’s accountability for international crimes and the creation of a Special Tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression.
A meeting with the members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) focused on the Western resiliance to the blackmail by authoritarian regimes.
“Although Lukashenka's regime is an accomplice in the war against Ukraine, we need to increase in parallel our support for democratic forces of Belarus and the pressure on the Belarusian regime,” Lithuania's Foreign Minister said at a meeting with members of the Norwegian Storting.
Landsbergis also participated in a discussion with political researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Affairs (NUPI).
Landsbergis and Huitfeldt will travel to Bardufoss, where they will meet with representatives of the Norwegian Armed Forces and visit Norwegian troops that are deploying to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.