Lithuanian and Polish presidents call for NATO treaty Article 4 consultations

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Dalia Grybauskaite with Bronislaw Komorowski | president.lt

Dalia Grybauskaite with Bronislaw Komorowski | president.lt

The Lithuanian and Polish presidents are calling for NATO consultations under Article 4 of the alliance’s founding treaty because Russia’s actions threaten the security of the entire region, the Lithuanian president’s office said on Sunday, BNS reported.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and her Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, agreed during their telephone conversation on Sunday that Russia’s actions close to the alliance’s border pose a threat to the security of the entire region.

Therefore, the presidents of the two countries call for immediate consultation under Article 4, according to the press release.

The article says that NATO members “will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened”.

The two presidents expressed their concern at Russian troops being at combat readiness close to NATO’s borders.

Grybauskaite underlined that the territorial integrity of Ukraine is an essential condition for international security.

The Lithuanian president said that all sides must respect international agreements and seek a peaceful solution to the situation through dialogue.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday is convened an extraordinary meeting of the ambassadors of all 28 member countries to discuss the situation in Crimea.

EU foreign ministers are to hold a meeting in Brussels on Monday.

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