Lithuanian PM supports continued arms deliveries to Ukraine: report
PR dla Zagranicy
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has spoken in favour of continued arms deliveries to Ukraine as the country battles Russia-backed separatists in its eastern Donbas region, according a report.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. Photo: Saeima [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Ukraine's international partners should continue to help the country by providing it with arms deliveries “not because we want to encourage war,” but because such deliveries help save lives among soldiers and civilians, Skvernelis said on Thursday, as quoted by Polish broadcaster TV Republika.
He was speaking in the Ukrainian capital during the 11th Kyiv Security Forum, an annual meeting of politicians and experts focusing on international security issues.
Meanwhile, the US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, said during the Kyiv conference that the United States wanted to see Ukraine become a member of NATO in the future, according to reports.
No to Nord Stream 2
While in Kyiv, Skvernelis met Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to discuss issues including "the need to block" a planned gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that would bypass Ukraine's transit system, TV Republika reported.
If built, the contested Nord Stream 2 pipeline would supply around 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, circumventing Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine.
Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine all oppose the project.
The US State Department spokeswoman said last month that the US government opposed Nord Stream 2 as the project would undermine Europe’s energy security and stability.