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President of the Republic of Lithuania made a statement at the dinner hosted as part of the annual Munich Security Conference.

The President underlined that close and working partnership between the West and Russia was critical for the Euro-Atlantic Security and the real progress was hampered heavily by the stereotypes and the inertia of views,  Presidential Palace reported.

“The other important decision reached at the NATO Summit in Lisbon was one on missile defense. Close cooperation with all partners, and Russia in particular, is of utmost importance. NATO has extended a far-reaching co-operation offer to all interested partners, which I strongly hope will be accepted. But what is hardly acceptable is the proposal to divide Europe into geographical sectors of defense. We are just counting two decades since there are no dividing lines on Europe’s map. It would be difficult to explain to Lithuanians why we need new divisions,” President Dalia Grybauskaitė said, adding that the key to success was building trust and confidence through small steps and that if we disagree in some areas, we have to cooperate in areas where we agree.

The President also referred to the planned exchange of instruments of ratification for the new START treaty between U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“It [the Treaty] symbolizes a responsible partnership that we all are ready to invest into. Partnership that needs most of all an investment in mutual trust, openness and transparency. This is the fuel of the partnership engine. Without it the machine will stop with the alarm bell ringing,” the President said.

On Saturday, the President will participate in further discussions among security experts and political leaders of the world on the strengthening of the euroatlantic security community, together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and representatives of other countries.