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Events Feb 28, 2024

Presidential candidate Giedrimas Jeglinskas presented his foreign and security policy priorities at the EESC

Photo source: Dmitrij Kudriacev/Fotodiena

As the presidential elections are approaching, we continue our series of discussions with candidates – today the Centre was visited by Giedrimas Jeglinskas, who discussed with media representatives and experts the main aspects of his programme related to national security and foreign policy.

The candidate said that deepening engagement with allies, a united and resilient society are among the key elements of security policy. He stressed the need for a significant increase in defence spending, in particular investment in air defence, and to ensure that deterrence works in Lithuania in the long term.

The dynamics of relations with the US as a key strategic partner were also discussed. Mr Jeglinskas stressed the need to maintain strong transatlantic relations and for Lithuania to make a definitive move towards the West, regardless of the outcome of the US elections.

The candidate also looked at the EU’s priority areas for change, Lithuania’s representation at the European Council, assessments of the immediate threat from Russia, and aspects of relations with Beijing.

Photos by Dmitrij Kudriacev/Fotodiena.