He said this while visiting Kiev on Wednesday, where he discussed border tensions with Ukraine’s new defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikov.
“Lithuania will support Ukraine with all possible in the face of Russian pressure,” A. Anušauskas was quoted as saying in the report of the Ministry of National Defense.
According to him, Lithuania will increase support to the Ukrainian army by expanding the “training mission and sending troops to exercises and training”.
“We will strengthen Ukraine’s resistance to cyber attacks, as well as provide material support to the Ukrainian army through the transfer of body armor, thermovisual surveillance equipment, and antidron equipment,” the minister said.
According to him, Russia’s aggression must be stopped, because otherwise the Kremlin “will never stop”.
However, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that sending troops to defend Ukraine in the event of a possible Russian invasion was “not in the plan” because the country is not a member of NATO.
A. Anušauskas and O. Reznikov also discussed Lithuania’s further planned support to Ukraine, strengthening the tripartite Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade in Lublin, and Ukraine’s relations with the European Union, NATO and the United States.
“Russia’s serious military threats are evident as Russia concentrates its military capabilities on Ukraine’s borders.” The struggle in Ukraine is also our struggle. We understand that Putin wants to change Ukraine’s chosen Euro-Atlantic political direction, to have this country in his sphere of influence. The political unity of the West and the practicality of the Ukrainian army are currently of critical importance, ”the Lithuanian Minister of National Defense said at the time.
During the visit, the Minister also met with Lithuanian soldiers serving in Ukraine. A tripartite agreement on co-operation in the field of cyber security was also signed between Lithuania, Sakartvelas and Ukraine.
Among other things, part of Lithuania’s military support was transferred to Ukraine. The government planned to hand over 490 body armor and ballistic belts to the Ukrainian army in October.
According to the data of the Ministry of National Defense, Lithuania has previously transferred arms and ammunition to Ukraine, and in 2014–2021, Lithuania’s total material assistance to Ukraine amounts to LTL 6 million. euros.