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Title: LITHUANIA'S PRIORITIES FOR NATO SUMMIT

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09VILNIUS1522009-03-20 14:43:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/20/2019 
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA'S PRIORITIES FOR NATO SUMMIT 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶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. 
 
¶2. (C) In preparation for the upcoming Summit, Leskevicius 
identified three GOL "red lines" for the NATO declaration on 
Russia: 
 
-- 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 
South Ossetia. 
 
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. 
 
¶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 
others. 
CLOUD