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Dutch PM: regional security sitution poor, NATO should continue taking responsibility

RUKLA, Lithuania, Aug 11, BNS – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said in Lithuania he did not see signs of improvement of the regional security situation.

It is NATO that should continue its commitments to the Alliance's Eastern members that fear Russian actions in Ukraine, the head of the Dutch government said after meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite in Rukla on Friday.

"I think what we are doing here is of great of importance. The deteriorated security situation on Europe's Eastern and also southern flanks shows no sign of improvement, so we have a continued responsibility to fulfill," Rutte said in a joint news conference with Grybauskaite.

He said that after Russia annexed Crimea and started supported separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Moscow's foreign policy had become "more and more aggressive in recent years."

Nearly 300 passengers, mainly Dutch citizens, were killed when an airliner en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down above Ukraine later that year.

In response to Russia's actions, NATO stationed an international battalion in each of the Baltic states and Poland earlier this year. The German-led NATO unit currently includes about 250 Dutch troops.

By Saulius Jakucionis

Vilnius newsroom, politika@bns.lt, +370 5 205 85 08

Published: 11.08.2017 13:24

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