16:57 27 Jan 2024

Ukrainian defense minister proposes joint forum for Ukraine and Baltic defense industries

Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Rustem Umierov, met with the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielus Landsbergis, during his visit to Kyiv.

The Ministry of Defense reported this.

During the meeting, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine expressed his gratitude to the government and the people of Lithuania for their steadfast support of Ukraine, particularly for their leadership in the anti-mine coalition.

Умєров запропонував провести спільний форум оборонних індустрій

Photo: Ministry of Defense

Rustem Umierov informed the minister about the current situation at the front and also offered to hold a joint forum of the defense industries of Ukraine and the Baltic countries.

"Representatives of governments, the military industry, and investors will be invited to participate in the forum, and we have to convince them that these are successful investments that will have a high level of capitalization," the Minister said.

Умєров запропонував провести спільний форум оборонних індустрій

Photo: Ministry of Defense

In turn, Gabrielus Landsbergis said that Lithuania is interested in studying Ukraine's military experience in repelling Russian aggression and deepening cooperation in advanced military technologies.

"We really appreciate the fact that being in a state of war, you find opportunities to share your experience with us and offer your help to Lithuania. We will continue to train your soldiers, but we, in turn, need to train our generals," said Gabrielus Landsbergis.

On January 25, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielus Landsbergis, arrived on a working visit to Kyiv. He held several meetings, in particular, with his Ukrainian colleague Dmytro Kuleba and Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov.

The Lithuanian minister also visited Kharkiv and the region, met with local authorities, and visited the sites of Russian shelling.

During the visit, Landsbergis announced Ukraine's readiness to partially transfer the production of drones to their country's territory. This step is considered a mutually beneficial cooperation and preparation of the Western neighbors for possible military threats.

The heads of the foreign ministries of Ukraine and Lithuania discussed steps to increase the production of UAVs, as both countries decided to start joint production of drones.

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It should be noted that Ukraine is holding the Defense Industries Forum. Both domestic and foreign arms manufacturers participate in it.

Two hundred fifty-two defense companies from over 30 countries participated in Kyiv's first Forum of Defense Industries.

The event is designed to record the achievements of Ukraine's defense-industrial complex and consider what can add to the opportunities, particularly by creating new production facilities in Ukraine.

It is known that at least 165 defense companies from 26 countries participated in the Forum.

During his speech at the Forum, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced the creation of the Defense Industries Alliance. The declaration is open for accession and has already been signed by 13 companies.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Kyiv to participate in the event.

French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu is also among the participants. He arrived with a delegation of representatives of companies specializing in the production of military equipment.


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