16:20 10 Jan 2024

Lithuania pledges €200 mln in three-year support package for Ukraine

Фото: ОПУ

Lithuania has approved a €200 million package of long-term military assistance to Ukraine.

The state will send ammunition, generators, and detonation systems in January, and M577 armored personnel carriers in February, says Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausèda.

"As part of his official visit to the Republic of Lithuania, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky began a meeting with President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda," the Ukrainian president's website reported.

Photo: President's Office

Zelensky thanked his Lithuanian counterpart for the warm welcome in winter season.

He noted Lithuania's strong defense, humanitarian and political support for Ukraine.

Zelensky also emphasized the importance of Lithuania's support for Ukraine's historic decision to start negotiations on EU membership. The parties will discuss further steps towards Ukraine's European integration.

For his part, Nausèda noted that the main topic of the talks would be all issues that bring Ukraine's victory in the fight against Russia closer.

Photo: President's Office

The parties intend to discuss the situation at the front, coordination of defense and financial support for Ukraine.

They will also discuss the coordination of positions in preparation for the NATO summit to be held in Washington in the summer of 2024.

Lithuania pledged to train Ukrainian soldiers and strengthen cooperation in the defense industry.

Photo: President's Office

Nausèda called the signed agreements between the Ukrainian and Lithuanian defense industries another example of close military cooperation between the two countries.

As a reminder, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, on an unannounced visit.

Zelensky visit to Lithuania is followed by Latvia and Estonia. There he will meet with high-ranking officials of the Baltic states.

Lithuania is one of Ukraine's allies, which helps Kyiv not only with weapons and military equipment, but also training the Ukrainian military.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Lithuania's financial assistance to Ukraine has amounted to more than €1 billion.

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