President: Military support for Ukraine must be quick and effective

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He stressed that political and military support from European and global democracies was crucial for Ukraine at this time, the presidential office said in a press release.

“With the outbreak of a large-scale military offensive in the Donbass region, the rapid and effective delivery of weapons to Ukraine could become a decisive factor in this war. We no longer have time to hesitate, we must act decisively and quickly,” the press release quoted Nauseda as saying.

The Lithuanian President and the German Minister discussed the strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank.

Nauseda said NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion should be expanded to a brigade-sized unit, Air Policing should be upgraded to air and missile defense, and Forward Presence should be replaced. by forward defense. He also called for strengthening the so-called Suwałki Corridor.

He thanked Germany for leading the NATO Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania and for its contribution to the security of the Baltic region and expressed his hope that more German troops would be deployed in Lithuania in a near future.

The Lithuanian President also stressed that the pressure of Western countries on Russia should be further increased by tightening sanctions in the energy, finance, trade and other sectors.

According to him, sanctions should also be imposed on Belarus, which participates as a party in Russia’s war against Ukraine and allows the aggressor to deploy its troops on its territory.

Nauseda and the German Foreign Minister also discussed Ukraine’s European integration prospects.

According to the Lithuanian President, after Ukraine completed the EU membership questionnaire this week, it is necessary to speed up the process of granting Ukraine EU candidate status.

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