Baltic leaders meet Biden in Brussels

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On 14 June, President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas attended the NATO Brussels Summit where they met with US President Joe Biden

"Presidents of all four countries shared similar views on NATO’s development and key threats, emphasising the significance of closely coordinated member state response," a statement from the Latvian Presidential Chancellery said.

"President Levits thanked President Biden for America’s leadership in NATO and input in solidifying transatlantic bond. He thanked the US for its contribution to regional security in the Baltics and reiterated that USA is and will continue to be a reliable partner for the Baltics in the delivery of goals described in the North-Atlantic Treaty.

"[The] US President addressed his Baltic counterparts saying that democratic values need to be protected more strongly in the ever-changing world and the way they respond to the needs of the society.  To strengthen this response, US is planning to invest substantial amounts of money into supporting innovation and addressing environmental concerns," the statement said without quoting participants directly.

According to the White House readout of the meeting: "The President underscored strong U.S. support for the security of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the entire Baltic region. The four leaders committed to further strengthening our political, military, and economic partnerships, including working together through NATO to address challenges posed by Russia and China."

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