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Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite said on December 22 in a meeting with the Defense Attache that the neighboring countries of the Baltic states are arming and strengthening their armies.

The President draws attention to the fact that an increasing number military exercises are conducted next to Lithuania and the Baltic countries. According to her, presence of NATO is now especially important for Lithuania, writes with reference to BNS.

She points out that the most important commitment of the national defense policy is collective defense during exercises and constant air policing missions.

Grybauskaite also stresses the importance of innovation in the field of defense: “We are an active and innovative state, an equal partner of the Alliance. We must pay more attention to new threats and development of technologies.”