Paradoxically enough, it is during the term of the US president who thought Europe's security system a done deal and insisted on a "reset" in relations with Russia that Lithuania and other Baltic states will finally become full-fledged members of NATO.
Lithuania values the United States leadership in the ensuring of contingency of the Baltic states, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said after meeting with US President Barack Obama along with her Baltic counterparts in Estonia on Wednesday.
The defence of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn is just as important for NATO as the defence of London, Paris and Berlin, US President Barack Obama stated on Wednesday, pledging that the Baltic states will never lose their independence again.
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.
The prime ministers of the three Baltic states are visiting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda on Friday as part of the so-called LNG tour that was kicked off in Estonia to provide a platform for the prime ministers to discuss a regional LNG terminal and the possibility to secure European support.