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Cooperation in the area of nuclear security was discussed with the US representatives

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2015 06 15

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Cooperation in the area of nuclear security was discussed with the US representatives
Cooperation in the area of nuclear security was discussed with the US representatives

Vice-Minister Artūras Norkevičius and US Assistant Under-Secretary Thomas Countryman discussed nuclear security situation in Lithuania and issues of state border protection during today’s meeting.

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The US ambassador in Lithuania Deborah Ann McCarthy and representatives of departments of the Ministry of the Interior (MoI) and State Border Guard Service under MoI (SBGS) also took part at the meeting.

“The topic of nuclear security today is very important – we are pleased that our country participates in this activity, that we have an active Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence. We appreciate the assistance of the US institutions to our state when it was making first steps in this area”, – Vice-Minister A. Norkevičius said.

The Nuclear Security Center of Excellence (NSCE), enhancing capabilities of law enforcement institutions and skills of personnel to prevent cases of nuclear and other radioactive materials illicit circulation, was established in April 2012 within Lithuania‘s Border Guard School. In the beginning of NSCE activity, the primary assistance was provided by the US Department of Energy Second Line Defense Program and US Export Control and Border Security Office.

During the meeting, T. Countryman, Head of the US State Department International Security and Non-proliferation Bureau, thanked for the Lithuanian – US partnership in many areas, for Lithuania’s activity in international organizations – NATO, OSCE, Security Council of the United Nations. He also appreciated long-term cooperation with MoI in the area of border protection and joint actions while strengthening nuclear security, underlining the importance of further development of joint activity, arrange trainings.

Vice-Minister A. Norkevičius agreed that it is necessary to develop cooperation, particularly with respect to today’s geopolitical challenges, threats of hybrid war. One of the priorities in this situation is strengthening of the state border protection.
 
Preparation for the international meeting on nuclear security arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the end of June and for the visit of the US experts to assess the border protection in Lithuania were discussed as well.