Meeting with Finnish leaders in Helsinki on Tuesday, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė condemned Russia’s recent display of muscle by moving nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into the Kaliningrad enclave bordering Poland and Lithuania.

 

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė did not mince her words describing Russia’s October 8 decision to shift its nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into Kaliningrad.

 

The missiles have a range of up to 700km.

 

“Iskanders are not defense equipment but offense equipment. That means an aggressive open demonstration of power and aggressiveness, not just against the Baltic states but against European capitals,” said Grybauskaitė as she addressed the press alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki on Tuesday.

 

Grybauskaitė further condemned the missile move as running counter to international law and good manners. Speaking alongside Grybauskaité, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said that he is aiming to calm tensions in the Baltic.

 

Increase stability

 

“It’s good that Nato reacts to the concerns of the Baltic states and moves troops to the Baltic countries and to Poland,” said Niinistö. “On the other hand we’ve now seen how Russia responds.”

 

“Finland’s position remains that we’ll do our best to calm tensions in the Baltic region and increase stability. We are still ready to make further efforts to advance this.”

 

The Lithuanian President is on an official visit to Finland. In addition to meeting with President Sauli Niinistö, she is also meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Speaker of Parliament Maria Lohela, and other Finnish politicians.

 

Issues on the agenda include security in the Baltic Sea region, Russian relations, the refugee crisis, and the situation in Syria.

 

Yle