Snow Meeting: NATO Enhances Presence in Baltic States and Poland

Snow Meeting
Snow Meeting

The “Snow Meeting” is an annual high-level discussion forum organised by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry to address challenges facing the Euro-Atlantic community and 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Snow Meeting.

This year’s discussions in Trakai, Lithuania examines the decisions taken at the Warsaw Summit and closer NATO-EU cooperation.

The sessions with senior security experts and government officials, include Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser and Georgian Foreign Minister Mikhail Janelidze.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller visited Lithuania on Thursday and Friday (12 and 13 January 2017) to participate in the Snow Meeting, bringing together Lithuanian and international security experts.

In the margins of the forum, according to a NATO communique, Ambassador Gottemoeller met with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius and Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

In her meetings with Foreign Minister Linkevičius and Defence Minister Karoblis, the Deputy Secretary General discussed the implementation of NATO’s enhanced forward presence in the Baltic States and Poland.

She also commended Lithuania for its decision to host a multinational NATO battalion in Rukla, as well as its commitment to increase defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2018.

Photo courtesy: NATO

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