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Title: GOL CONSIDERING FUTURE NRF CONTRIBUTIONS; TAPPED

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06VILNIUS5292006-06-08 13:58:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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TAGS: PREL NATO LH
SUBJECT: GOL CONSIDERING FUTURE NRF CONTRIBUTIONS; TAPPED 
OUT FOR CURRENT CYCLE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 89347 
 
Classified By: Pol/econ officer Traver Gudie for reasons 1.4 (b,d) 
 
¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points urging additional pledges 
to the NATO Response Force (NRF) to Undersecretary of Defense 
Renatas Norkus on June 6.  Norkus told us he appreciates the 
recently announced U.S. contributions to "rescue" the NRF and 
agreed that all allies will have to contribute more to reach 
and sustain full operational capacity.  He said, nonetheless, 
that funding constraints will prevent Lithuania from 
contributing additional troops or capabilities to the current 
NRF cycle.  The Ministry will, however, consider NRF 
contributions for later rotations (NRF 9-14).  Norkus said 
that Lithuania will likely offer approximately 50 Special 
Operations Force personnel for NRF 10, and may be able to 
continue to offer other capabilities, such as mine 
countermeasures and water purification, for future NRF 
rotations. 
 
¶2. (C) Norkus noted that Lithuania will contribute 
capabilities to NRF in accordance with the Ministry of 
National Defense long-term plan for modernization.  Lithuania 
will not accelerate or modify its defense modernization 
plans, but will make capabilities available to the NRF as the 
MOD develops them within the limitations of the budget. 
Norkus stressed that Lithuania believes strongly in long-term 
defense planning and will be as flexible as possible to meet 
Alliance needs, but also must attempt to follow a methodical 
plan for defense development and modernization to best 
forecast and allocate funds for Lithuania's defense 
priorities.  He added that Minister Kirkilas will make this 
point to Secretary Rumsfeld if asked at the NATO Defense 
Ministerial on June 8. 
 
¶3. (C) We pointed out that the GOL's continued failure to 
appropriate two percent of GDP for defense spending was 
handicapping Lithuania's ability to meet this NATO need. 
Norkus said that the Ministry will continue to petition the 
new Lithuanian government and Parliament to raise defense 
spending by 0.05% of GDP annually to reach the NATO target of 
at least 2%.  We noted that Lithuania anticipates defense 
spending at 1.22% of GDP in 2007, and underscored that a 
downward trend after a year of stagnation at 1.27% is 
movement in the wrong direction.  Norkus responded that the 
Ministry's budget proposals will peg spending at around 1.32% 
of GDP, but that ultimately the budget is in the Parliament's 
hands. 
MULL