«Cooperation has notably increased among Baltic States in the current complicated economic and security conditions. Development of this cooperation shows that we are able to consolidate our powers in times of crisis,» – said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis during his visit in Lithuania.
During his meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite, Vejonis discussed the direct and indirect influence of Russian sanctions on economies of both countries. Grybauskaite mentioned that Latvia and Lithuania have many joint projects that require future discussions, as reported by State President’s Press Service.
Vejonis emphasized: «Latvia’s relations with Lithuania have always been and will always be special, because we are in the same family of peoples. The future of Latvia and Lithuania lies in joint values and interests. We are tied together not only by geography and common history, but also our current volumes of expenses, which we are able to resolve largely thanks to our membership in the EU and NATO.»
During their meeting, Vejonis mentioned joint military procurement projects as a good cooperation example. He added during the press conference after the meeting that both sides have agreed on such procurements and emphasized that cooperation has to continue in the future as well. There are also good perspectives for cooperation in other military fields. Vejonis said every country should plan its procurements in accordance with budget capabilities. On top of that, the price of military procurements is lower when ordering in large quantities: «With that, I would like to invite our partners to make joint procurements for Baltic States and Poland.»
In regard to the security situation, officials noted the importance of cooperation with NATO and the EU in order to create more effective strategic communication. Grybauskaite noted her experience when raising awareness of the population when opposing all kinds of disinformation.
Vejonis added that cooperation of the two countries in the development of infrastructure in the region plays a major role as well. He also added that Baltic States have a joint interest in the development of Rail Baltica project.
Presidents of the two countries told journalists that it is necessary to actualize the work of intergovernmental commission in order to help resolve practical municipal matters and matters of cooperation of different services along the border line. He also called to strengthen the coordination of search and rescue operations on land and sea.
Other topics of the two presidents’ meeting included the increase of security between the two countries and joint measures for the resolution of the Greek crisis.