Posts tagged as Ukraine

Further assistance to Ukraine discussed in Brussels

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Minister L. Linkevičius drew attention to the fact that even under such difficult conditions the reform process in Ukraine was still ongoing. He also called for an increased targeted assistance to Ukraine because of Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov. “There is a need for an effective, proportionate, and politically responsible EU response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine / the Kerch Strait, while the detained seamen are still…

EU Advisory Mission Ukraine should have stronger representation in eastern Ukraine – Rinkevics

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The European Union (EU) Advisory Mission Ukraine should have a stronger representation in eastern Ukraine, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) believes. Today, Rinkevics participated in the meeting of the EUForeign Affairs Council in Brussels, at which the EU member states held a discussion on the reform process Ukraine, including the upcoming election, the security situation in the east of the country and the region of the Sea of…

NATO recognizes Ukraine’s aspiration to join Alliance, calls for further reforms

Friday, February 8, 2019

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recognizes Ukraine’s desire to join the Alliance and urges the Ukrainian authorities to continue to implement a wide range of reforms. “We recognize Ukraine’s aspirations to join the Alliance and NATO’s solidarity with Ukraine is firm,” a NATO official told UNIAN in an exclusive comment on the adoption by the Ukrainian parliament of amendments to the Constitution regarding the strategic course towards full membership…

Lithuania to transfer munitions to Ukraine on a non-reimbursable basis

Thursday, February 7, 2019

On February 6 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania passed a resolution to donate tangible current assets – ammunition – to the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. Total worth of the transferred assets (ammunition for Soviet-made light small arms – automatic rifles, machine-guns – of the Lithuanian Armed Forces not used anymore and not planned to be used in the future) is EUR 255 thousand. “The transfer of assets…

Message to NATO: Don’t forget the Black Sea and the Balkans

By Stephen Blank on Monday, January 21, 2019

In February, NATO’s Defense Ministers will convene a ministerial conference and in April they will do so for Foreign Ministers. These meetings should reassess the importance of the Black Sea and the Balkans’ strategic importance, especially in light of recent events.  These events comprise the recent Kerch Strait incident, the revelations of Russian-backed coups in Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro, to prevent the governments in Podgorica and Skopje from joining NATO…

Foreign Minister Klimkin to visit Lithuania

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will pay a working visit to the Republic of Lithuania on January 10-11, the ministry’s press service reports. “The purpose of the visit is to participate in the annual discussion club Snow Meeting that is a platform to discuss topical issues related to current challenges to European and world security,” the report says. The topics of the current Snow Meeting will be the strengthening of…

Rinkēvičs: Ukraine can count on the Baltic states

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On 15 January 2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with his counterparts from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland visited Ukraine to pledge their support for Ukraine over Russia’s aggression and imposition of a blockade on the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. A planned visit to Mariupol had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions, but the ministers visited a military hospital in Dnipro instead, where they were able to speak to Mariupol by…

Poland, Ukraine to develop new medium-range air defense system

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Polish company WB Electronics and Ukraine’s state-owned defense industrial group, UkrOboronProm planning to jointly develop a new medium-range air defense system, according to a WB Electronics representative Roman Mushal. During a scientific and practical conference on the problems of Polish air defense, Roman Mushal said that Polish private defense company WB Electronics intends to jointly with Ukraine implement a project to develop a mobile, medium-range surface-to-air guided missile system. According to him, at the heart…

Martial law will not be extended, says Poroshenko

Monday, December 17, 2018

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of avoiding negotiations to release Ukrainian sailors captured last month. Last month, Russian Navy ships fired upon and captured three Ukrainian Navy vessels attempting to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov, through the Kerch Straight. “When, during the act of aggression in the Kerch Strait, I called him (Putin) to communicate, he refused,” said Poroshenko at…

Supporting Ukraine is within Lithuania’s security interests

Monday, December 10, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. The purpose of the President’s visit to Kyiv is to demonstrate support to Ukraine. It is the first visit of a country leader after Russia’s illegal seizure of Ukraine’s naval ships in the Kerch Strait. The two Presidents attended the 11th Meeting of the Council of Presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine. Security situation in eastern Ukraine and the Sea…