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Title: TFGG01: LITHUANIA IMPRESSED WITH NATO SOLIDARITY;

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08VILNIUS6892008-08-21 11:14:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: TFGG01: LITHUANIA IMPRESSED WITH NATO SOLIDARITY; 
EXPECTS RUSSIAN RETRIBUTION 
 
REF: A. STATE 89769 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 667 
 
Classified By: CDA Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Lithuania remains very forward leaning in its reaction 
to the situation in Georgia.  President Adamkus told Charge 
August 20 that he was pressing EU heads of state to take a 
more supportive stand on Georgia, and was pleased with the 
August 19 NAC statement.  MFA Director of Transatlantic 
Cooperation and Security Policy Vytautas Leskevicius also 
told Post August 20 that Foreign Minister Petras Vaitiekunas 
was "positively impressed" by the unity and solidarity 
expressed toward Georgia at the NATO Special Ministerial. 
The GOL is very supportive of the Ministerial statement as 
well.  Leskevicius characterized the new NATO-Georgia 
Commission as "the right political signal" to send to Georgia 
and especially Russia because it indicates an upgrade in the 
NATO-Georgia relationship, exactly what Leskevicius said the 
Russians do not want. 
 
¶2. (C) Leskevicius also discussed the OSCE role in Georgia, 
saying Lithuania is pleased with the OSCE Permanent Council's 
decision to deploy immediately an additional twenty military 
monitoring officers.  He said Lithuania is ready to support 
the overall OSCE monitoring mission with troops the MoND is 
currently preparing for deployment to Georgia (ref b). 
 
¶3. (C) Leskevicius stressed that there is no doubt among the 
Presidency, the MFA and other senior leaders in Lithuania 
that there will be Russian retribution against their country 
for its recent support of both Georgia and the basing of 
Missile Defense in Eastern Europe.  It may be in the form 
energy cutoffs, Russian missiles deployed in Kaliningrad, or 
even "tanks rolling down the road."  Leskevicius said the 
Lithuanians will seek to collaborate with NATO on both 
re-evaluating the Russian threat to Lithuania and also a 
contingency plan to defend against it. 
 
¶4. (U) Lithuania has been sending humanitarian assistance to 
Georgian refugees since the start of the crisis.  Media 
sources reported August 20 that the Lithuanians will send the 
first shipment of "charity" items to Georgia by August 23. 
Charity items were collected over the August 15-17 weekend by 
the Democracy and Development Assistance Fund from the 
Lithuanian people themselves in Vilnius, Kaunas, Marijampole 
and Siauliai and include clothes, bedclothes, toys, shoes, 
and approximately USD 15,000 in cash.  The Lithuanian Red 
Cross continues to take donations as well, and the media has 
estimated that the Lithuanian people have privately donated 
over USD 160,000 to aid Georgia. 
LEADER