Friday, March 27, Šiauliai - Celebrating the fifth anniversary of Lithuania’s accession to NATO, the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus together with the President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers and the President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves participated in the presentation of NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission in the Armed Air Force Aviation Base in Šiauliai.
Having congratulated everyone on the occasion of the anniversary of NATO membership, President Adamkus noted with pleasure that we celebrated this event together with our closest neighbors with whom we had been developing active cooperation for many years now. The President mentioned the Baltic air policing mission currently conducted by our Danish partners in NATO, as an inspiring example of successful regional cooperation.
“This is the most convincing and clear demonstration of NATO solidarity to our societies,” the President of Lithuania said.
President Adamkus underlined this fifth anniversary of our membership in NATO coincided with a period of serious challenges and major changes as we were on the eve of celebrating NATO’s 60th anniversary and in a phase of working on new strategic documents and new policy directions.
The Lithuanian leader noted that we needed a strong and united transatlantic alliance capable of addressing the concerns of its member states, and that we needed, at the same time, to contribute to resolving major international problems and to spreading democracy and stability.
The Estonian President said he was confident that the strong character and unity of the Baltic states and their societies would contribute to a strong, open and solidarity-driven North Atlantic Alliance.
Making the congratulatory address, the Latvian leader noted that NATO was an organisation which had always been and would be guided by values and democratic principles in its actions.
After the official presentation of NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission, the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia watched the demonstration of capacities of NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and the take-off of fighter-jets in the territory of NATO Rapid Response Force.