Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite arrives at the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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The president of Baltic state Lithuania said Saturday that NATO's landmark decision to reinforce its vulnerable eastern flank created the right conditions to renew dialogue with Russia.The Western defense alliance committed itself to sending four battalions of around 1,000 troops each to Poland and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which fear Russia may make further moves in its Soviet-era backyard.Known as Lithuania's "Iron Lady" for her steely will, Grybauskaite added that "NATO is starting to become a real defense organisation ... (it) is coming out from its offices and paper plans to the field.French President Francois Hollande went further on Friday, saying that Russia should not be considered a threat but rather a partner.
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