Ger­many’s min­is­ter awarded high state dec­o­ra­tion

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS -

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.

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