NATO Secretary General discusses COVID-19 and disinformation with Lithuanian President

  • 05 May. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 06 May. 2020 08:58

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Tuesday (5 May 2020), as part of his regular political consultations.

The two leaders discussed NATO’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and how the Alliance continues to deliver strong deterrence and defence. The Secretary General underlined NATO’s commitment to Lithuania, including with a multinational battlegroup in Rukla, the Baltic Air Policing mission and maritime patrols in the Baltic Sea.  

The Secretary General also welcomed Lithuania’s donations of medical supplies to Italy and Spain and support to partners, including Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. He praised the country’s contributions to NATO missions and commitment to defence spending.

The Secretary General and President Nausėda also discussed the importance of countering disinformation from state and non-state actors trying to sow divisions during the crisis. The Secretary General stressed that NATO will continue to work closely with Allies and partners to identify, expose, and counter disinformation.