275 words - September 2, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
US President Barack Obama, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvian President Andris Berzinš and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves met at the White House on August 30. This joint meeting ensured the continuity of cooperation between the Baltic countries and the United States and marked 15 years since the signing of the US-Baltic Charter of Partnership (1998) which expressly confirmed the United States' support for the aspirations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to join NATO.
The four leaders focused on energy security, economic cooperation as well as relations with Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. A joint statement was issued which mostly tackled geopolitical changes and the security environment of the region. It declared that the "security of the United States and Europe is indivisible," and that "as established in the Baltic Charter, and as NATO allies, the United States has a profound and enduring interest in the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and security of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania."
Also, recognizing the benefits and risks of their increasing dependence on information technology and cyberspace, the four countries will strengthen their "engagement on cyber issues regionally and globally." Addressing the audience at the National Defense University (NDU), President Ilves explained that "the traditional understanding that invading the territory of a country or destroying its army is sufficient to disable a country may not always hold true today."
With his country having been the target of large-scale cyber-attacks in previous years, the Estonian leader underlined that "today, enemies may ignore the army altogether (since) complicated cyber-attacks can take down any country's economy and critical infrastructure, temporarily, at least."
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