Two senior Lithuanian officials say that President-elect Donald Trump is actually right that Europeans must increase military spending.

Trump stunned Washington's allies during the U.S. election campaign by suggesting that U.S. military guarantees to NATO members could depend on whether they are paying enough on defense.

In separate interviews with The Associated Press this week, Lithuania's foreign and defense ministers say they believe that some of Trump's language during the campaign shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius hopes "the U.S. will remain a key player in the world and also a leader of NATO."

Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said Trump is right that the U.S. shouldn't have to bear most of the cost of defending the Western alliance.