C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000152
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/20/2019
TAGS: PREL EUN NATO RU LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA'S PRIORITIES FOR NATO SUMMIT
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
Â¶1. (C) MFA Director of Transatlantic Cooperation and Security
Policy Vytautas Leskevicius invited DCM in on March 20 to
discuss the April 3-4 NATO Summit and the GOL's desire to
avoid the sort of differences that emerged at the recent NATO
Ministerial. Leskevicius said the GOL is now "pretty happy"
with the language of NATO's March 4 declaration on Russia and
Georgia, but said the GOL felt left out of the negotiation
process leading up to the Ministerial. Leskevicius expressed
concern that the U.S. might introduce a new proposal the day
before the April Summit that would not be acceptable to the
GOL. We emphasized that some compromises may be necessary to
maintain a unified NATO approach to Russia, but that we
believe the GOL had been fully informed of our thinking the
week prior to the ministerial.
Â¶2. (C) In preparation for the upcoming Summit, Leskevicius
identified three GOL "red lines" for the NATO declaration on
-- The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) can be resumed on the
condition that Russia meets all its commitments on Georgia in
the Sarkozy-Medvedev agreement. The GOL wants the
commitments to be clearly stated in the declaration.
-- NATO should express disappointment with Russia's
increasing military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia
and its intent to build bases in these occupied territories.
-- NATO should urge Russia to allow international observers
access to all territories of Georgia including Abkhazia and
Leskevicius said that the GOL does not want MAP for Georgia
and the Ukraine mentioned, but prefers instead there be
language that refers to all relevant decisions taken in
Bucharest last December regarding enlargement.
Â¶3. (C) Leskevicius also discussed proposed language for the
declaration on Alliance Security. He said the current
language on Russia is not balanced and does not specify
Russia's commitments regarding Georgia. Leskevicius
acknowledged that the document is still a work in process and
that Lithuania's Ambassador to NATO, Linas Linkevicius, will
try to work out the language with Ambassador Volker and