VILNIUS - Chief foreign policy and national security advisers to the Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Polish presidents have met in Vilnius to discuss the security situation in the region amid Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's borders and in Belarus.
The advisors unanimously agreed that Russia's ultimatums to Western countries clearly demonstrated the Kremlin's ambition to change the world order based on respect for human rights, international law and agreements, the Lithuanian president's office said in a press release on Thursday.
"The meeting emphasized that it is now more important than ever to mobilize and defend the values that are an essential element uniting the Western Allies, which has guaranteed peace and stability and has made it possible to achieve collective security that our countries enjoy today," the office said.
"We must do everything we can to prevent any new dividing lines in Europe," it said.
"Ukraine is fighting for Western values and therefore it is necessary to provide Ukraine with all possible political, economic and military assistance. Active action by the Allies and concrete support to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to defend itself are the best deterrent against Russia’s aggression."
"The Baltic states and Poland are and will remain among the closest supporters of Ukraine's sovereignty and freedom."
The participants of the meeting also discussed the threats facing the region and possible joint actions to beef up the region's security and defense in the NATO format.
They underlined the importance of NATO's strong presence in the Baltic states and Poland, according to the press release.