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    Lithuania to continue to support Ukraine's defense, security reforms - finmin

    VILNIUS, May 18, BNS - Lithuania will continue to support Ukraine's defense and security reforms, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak as they met in Vilnius on Thursday.

    "We welcome the defense and security reforms underway in Ukraine. We are pleased to have been able to contribute to them," Linkevicius said in a press release.

    "We understand the importance of the ongoing processes and, therefore, we want to assure (Ukraine) of our intention to continue to train Ukrainian troops and learn from their invaluable experience, to provide military assistance, to treat injured soldiers (and) to participate, along with NATO partners, in multinational projects aimed at helping Ukraine to carry out its army reform," he said.

    Linkevicius called on Kiev to continue its ongoing reforms and use all instruments and assistance offered by its partners and allies. He also underlined NATO's commitment to further develop the partnership between the Alliance and Ukraine.

    Poltorak informed Linkevicius about the difficult security situation in Eastern Ukraine, briefed him on Ukraine's ongoing defense reforms, and thanked Lithuania for its support and asked it to continue training Ukrainian troops.

    During his visit to Lithuania on Thursday and Friday, the Ukrainian minister is also scheduled to meet with Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, and Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis, and to drive to Pabrade, a training area close to Vilnius, to watch an international special forces exercise.

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    • Published: 18.05.2017 12:30
    • LETA, BNS
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