President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the EU's further steps to stop the escalation of the conflict. The meeting also focused on the need to ensure the work of international observer missions in Crimea. "Russia is carrying out an open occupation of a sovereign state and its incorporation. This is an act of brutal aggression and a violation of international commitments. Europe's swift response to Russia's aggression is needed," the President stressed.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė spoke on the phone with U.S. President Barack Obama about the security of the Baltic region and the situation in Ukraine. Taking part in the telephone conversation were also the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia, Andris Bērziņš and Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė paid a visit to the Lithuanian Navy. Highest-ranking naval officers presented the organization of surveillance and protection of Lithuania's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone. At Klaipėda port, the President together with Defence Minister Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius and Flotilla Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Lithuanian Naval Force Kęstutis Macijauskas discussed the readiness of the armed forces to respond to violations of the state border at sea.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė has left for Brussels to attend an extraordinary meeting of the European Council. In Brussels, the heads of state or government of the 28 EU member states will discuss the situation in Ukraine and measures aimed at ensuring Europe's security. The EU's possible support to Ukraine will also be debated. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk is also invited to participate in the summit.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending an extraordinary meeting of the European Council where the situation in Ukraine is being discussed. In Brussels, the heads of state or government of the 28 EU member states and Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk debated the EU's concrete support for Ukraine to stabilize the situation in the country and exchanged views on the security of the whole of Europe and potential measures to strengthen it. "Intervention of the Russian armed forces in the territory of sovereign Ukraine is unjustified. Russia's behavior contravenes international norms and agreements and poses threats to the whole of Europe. We must seek solutions to ensure our security and to prevent redrawing the map of Europe what Russia is aiming for at the moment," the President said.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we take another important step towards Lithuanian energy independence. We are sailing off Lithuania's liquefied natural gas storage vessel which will carry the symbolic name of "Independence". Lithuania's ambition to have more than one alternative for gas supply is becoming a reality today.
Dear Fellow People of Lithuania, I extend my greetings to all of you who are celebrating with open hearts the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania. Today, the whole nation, filled with pride and joy, sends goodwill greetings to Lithuania. But the best and most meaningful gift to the State is peace and togetherness among its citizens and their wish to live and work for the future of the nation.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Every year, on February 16, we present state decorations to those whose commitment, dedication and accomplishments make our country stronger. These are people who have fully embraced the ultimate aspiration to create a strong, proud and united Lithuania that we already carry in our hearts, a Lithuania that we can and must build - each according to individual ability.
Mr. President of the European Parliament, members of the European Parliament, Let me begin with a few words in Lithuanian. It is an honour for me to review with you the results of the Lithuanian Presidency. I do so with pride that our small country, our young democracy, its statehood so recently regained, has shown that it too can carry out the tasks of an EU Presidency as well as any other member state - large or small. Lithuania has risen to the challenge. We did everything expected of us and more. After six months, the Lithuanian legacy is a stronger, more credible, more confident European Union.