Viewing cable 09VILNIUS601
Title: LITHUANIAN PERSPECTIVE ON NATO ENLARGEMENT GOALS

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09VILNIUS6012009-11-10 15:02:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/09/2019 
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN PERSPECTIVE ON NATO ENLARGEMENT GOALS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 113840 
 
Classified By: Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief JMFinkbeiner for reasons 1 
.4(b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C)  We met with MFA's Director of Transatlantic 
Cooperation and Security Policy Gediminas Varvuolis and Third 
Secretary Inga Maskelyte on November 6 to discuss reftel 
talking points on NATO enlargement.  According to Varvuolis, 
the GOL supports both Montenegro's and Bosia's bids for NATO 
membership.  However, Varvuolis said that the GOL is 
concerned about how Georgia and Ukraine will react if 
Montenegro and Bosnia are granted entry into MAP.  He 
underscored the GOL's strong support for Georgia's and 
Ukraine's NATO aspirations, and confided that the GOL is 
receiving "alarmist" messages from Georgia about the apparent 
fast track towards NATO membership for both Montenegro and 
Bosnia. 
 
¶2.  (C) Varvuolis said that while he understands that Georgia 
and Ukraine have problems and are not progressing as hoped, 
NATO needs to consider a "face saving" option for the two 
aspirants.  We urged the GOL not to reopen the debate of 
whether MAP should be the only path to NATO membership. 
Varvuolis pressed that previously agreed compromise language 
indicates that MAP is still required for NATO membership and 
questioned where this leaves Georgia and Ukraine.  The GOL 
advocates multiple paths to NATO membership and may speak to 
this point at the December Ministerial as a show of support 
for Georgia and Ukraine, he added. 
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