Security service at least 20 years off NATO pace

  • 1998-10-29
VILNIUS (BNS) - American political analyst Zbigniew Brzezinski may think Lithuania is poised to join NATO, but the director general of the Lithuanian State Security Department says his country needs years, not just months, to bring its internal security spheres up to NATO standards.Mecys Laurinkus, head of the Lithuanian SSD, admits that Lithuania's security needs 20 years to reach the security levels of NATO countries.Appointed to the office in May after the resignation of former Security Chief Jurgis Jurgelis, Laurinkus is the 18th head of the SSD since 1918.Laurinkus said that as the new...
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