The US Senate has congratulated Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence and praised the Baltic nations for their commitment to democracy and their increasing defense spending.
US Capitol
© AP / Scanpix

In a resolution adopted this week, the Senate "commends the Baltic states for their commitment to democracy and respect for human rights and for their leadership in furthering these values abroad".

"Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have shown their resolve as responsible and dedicated members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by contributing to regional and global security, including to operations in Afghanistan".

US lawmakers also praised the Baltic nations for "their successful reforms and remarkable economic growth since 1991" and their determination "to strengthen transatlantic security through defense spending and host nation support for NATO deployments.

All three Baltic countries this year are set to meet NATO's 2 percent of GDP defense spending target.

The resolution also says that "Russia's continued aggressive and provocative actions against its neighboring countries, including violations of sovereign Baltic airspace, test both the region and the NATO alliance".

The United States formally recognized Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as independent countries in 1922.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Pope's prayer at Vilnius Ghetto important for Holocaust survivors, savers – community chair

Pope Francis will say a silent prayer in the place of former Vilnius Ghetto 75 years since its...

Lithuanian court cancels fine for Soviet soldier tombstone installation without permits

A Vilnius court has cancelled a fine of almost 1,500 euros for an organization, named Forgotten...

Pope will send important message of respect for Soviet terror victims, archbishop says

Pope Francis will send an important message to the world from Vilnius when he will pay respect to...

Lithuanian president, EU leaders to discuss Brexit, migration in Salzburg

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving for the Austrian city of Salzburg where she will...

Three Seas Initiative summit approves projects of importance to Lithuania

Several projects that are important for Lithuania, such as the Baltic power grids' synchronization...