Lithuania to Extend Military Aid to Ukraine

Published By : 25 Nov 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Ukraine was promised military assistance by the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite on Monday. This was soon after she condemned the Russia’s terrorist interference in eastern part of Ukraine in a separatist insurgency. 

Grybauskaite, who is a major supporter of Ukraine’s bid for closer and stronger ties with the West, promised Ukraine that they would use all the available resources to provide the necessary assistance to Ukraine. This decision was taken during a military meeting in Kiev with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. Petro Poroshenko also expressed that this would also include training for the troops of Kiev, and the supply of unspecified weapons to the Ukrainian forces. According to him, such a step would demonstrate the support that Ukraine would receive during a challenging time. 

For more than seven months now, Ukraine has been battling and tackling the problem of pro-Russian insurgency in the eastern region with the West and this has also involved Moscow being accused by Kiev of supplying troops and arms across the border to fuel the war. 

Kiev has requested for supply of weapons from the US, however, the only support received by the former has been non-lethal support like body armor, night vision goggles, and radio equipment. Moscow has clearly denied its involvement in the fighting however, Grybauskaite has expressed that Russia was carrying out hidden operations in Ukraine that finally leads to terrorism. According to her, sending unidentified weapons, and soldiers without tags of identification are clear signs of fueling terrorism. 

The Lithuanian president also stated that Ukraine should not be stopped from joining the NATO, after the pro-Western parties of Kiev signed a deal for forming a coalition that describes the intention of Ukraine to join the US-led bloc. 

She also cautioned that the concerned authorities should ensure that the anti-corruption reforms and the economic reforms should bring about positive changes in the ex-Soviet nation.
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