On 9 October Lithuania’s parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee presented the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen with the Committee’s opinion on the NATO’s New Strategic concept. The opinion was adopted at a closed-doors meeting. The main massage is that the level of relations between NATO and Russia should depend on the degree of Moscow’s meeting of commitments.
The article 7 of the proposal reads ‘The relations with Russia should be based on the main principle adopted on the top level, which stipulates that the level of relations will be dependent on the level of how Russia meets its international commitments. The principle should be filled with specific content.’
The article 8 states that ‘the agenda of the NATO – Russia Council should not be artificially overloaded with minor aspects of practical cooperation, it should focus on constructive debates on key issues.’
The Foreign Affairs Committee said that ‘unconditional’ principle of collective defence stipulated in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty should be completed with specific content: defence plans, consistent infrastructure development and exercise under scenario of Article 5.
The committee described NATO enlargement as ‘historic success’ stressing that \political will regarding Georgia and Ukraine has already been expressed at the Bucharest Summit – the countries will become NATO members.’
’It is now only a matter of time,’ the Foreign Affairs Committee said in its communiqué.
The communiqué ends with ‘NATO’s nuclear policy should. Stationing of the U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe remains an essential condition to ensure peace.’