Germany’s minister awarded high state decoration
President Dalia Grybauskaite has presented Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen with the Grand Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania for personal support to the development of relations between Lithuania and Germany, as well as for her contribution to strengthening bilateral military cooperation. The solemn ceremony was followed by a bilateral meeting, where the Lithuanian President and the German Minister discussed further measures to enhance NATO’S defence posture. In Grybauskaite’s speech, she talked about the ongoing geopolitical tension and threats posed by Russia and how that will make the year ahead difficult. The exercise Zapad 2017, planned by Russia along the borders of the Baltic States, increases the risk of possible military provocations.