Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said she does not want her country to be occupied again by Russia. The text of her interview is publish by Sudwest Presse ahead of a two-day NATO summit in Warsaw.
“At the beginning of WWII we were occupied by Russia. We do not want to be occupied by the same neighbor once again,” – said Grybauskaite.
Angela Merkel pledged on Friday to deploy 1000 thousand of troops in Lithuania to deter Russian aggression.
"We are very happy that Germany agreed to be a framework nation in Lithuania, – Grybauskaite said, emphasizing a vital role of Germany in European security. – I think we are at a historic turning point." Grybauskaite also said she understands the sensitivities of Germany, as it’s police has traditionally been cautious of military actions due to its World War II history, but today is the right time to take more decisive actions. Lithuania is asking all its partners to help it protect themselves.
She also mentioned four multinational battalions are expected in the three Baltic States from NATO, one battalion from Canada in Latvia, a British battalion in Estonia, and an American battalion in Poland.
Dalia Grybauskaite is the first female president of independent Lithuania since 2009 (re-elected in 2014). She has been one of the most vocal critics of Russian aggression towards Ukraine in Donbas.