Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis to attend opening of NATO Week in Ukraine

On April 23 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will visit Kyiv to attend opening events of the NATO Week in Ukraine.

“Security and stability of Ukraine and its ability to respond to threats affects significantly the security of the entire region, therefore cooperation with Ukraine has been one of Lithuania’s most important foreign and security policy priorities for a long time now,” Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says. He underscores that Lithuania supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity and independence, is supporting its aspirations of European and Euro-Atlantic integration and will continue doing so.

Minister R. Karoblis will deliver opening remarks at the National Defence College of Ukraine. Later Minister is planne to meet with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Army General Stepan Poltorak and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Army General Viktor Muzhenko during a visit in Kyiv. The meetings are expected to address progress and achievements of Ukraine’s defence reform, prospects of bilateral and cooperation and projects underway, and other topical topics.

NATO Week is an educational event about NATO designed for high-ranking Ukrainian officers and civilian officials. Kyiv hosts the event organised by the NATO Defence College, Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine (which is also the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Ukraine for the 8th consecutive year) and the NATO Representation to Ukraine for the 18th time this year.

Lithuania supports Ukraine in every possible and legally permitted form, including military support. Lithuania handed over elements of weaponry and ammunition it no longer used to Ukraine. Ukrainians injured in the Anti-Terrorism Operation are treated at civilian healthcare institutions and the Military Rehabilitation Centre in Druskininkai in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian Armed Forces cooperate with the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the field of military training. Ukrainian soldiers are invited to study at military education institutions in Lithuania; Lithuania funds Ukrainian officers’ studies at the Baltic Defence College. Also, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine have a trilateral Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG.

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