Lithuania expresses support for Montenegro’s goals of European integration
On 20 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Đorđe Radulović, who was taking part in the international high-level forum on defending against authoritarianism “The Future of Democracy” in Vilnius.
The Foreign Ministers discussed relations between Lithuania and Montenegro, the situation in the Western Balkans, issues related to European integration, regional security, NATO cooperation, and Chinese investment.
Landsbergis reaffirmed Lithuania’s support for Montenegro’s goals of European integration, stressing that the EU enlargement brought stability. “We very much appreciate Montenegro’s consistent alignment with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy positions. This is very important for us, and we hope that Montenegro will be a role model for other states in the region,” said the Foreign Minister.
Landsbergis also thanked Radulović for Montenegro’s contribution to the security of the Baltic region — the participation in the NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia.
As regards relations between the European countries and China, the interlocutors highlighted the need for a European unity. According to Landsbergis, the only way to protect European economic interests is to speak with a single voice.
In 2021, Lithuania and Montenegro celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
In 2017, Montenegro became a member of NATO. In 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro and the President of Montenegro visited Lithuania and a consulate led by Montenegro’s Honorary Consul was opened in Vilnius.