Lithuania May Increase Military in Wake of Azov Sea Attack
Lithuania and Ukraine also signed a development "Road Map" between the two countries for the next two years
Lithuania may increase its military presence at the Sea of Azov in the wake of Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels on Nov. 25.
“We would like to remind once again that the Sea of Azov is not a territory of Russia, and all international agreements operate there. And Russia, like all others, must comply with international agreements. If not, we will always help, support Ukraine, and we will increase our military presence. We must ensure free movement through the [Kerch] Strait … we also must comply with all agreements that are in effect for international waters,” Grybauskaite said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on Friday.
“I am grateful to the Lithuanian government for condemning the recent act of Russian aggression in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait, when Russia for the first time patently used weapons against the Ukrainian sailors. A joint and coordinated response to Russian aggression in the Donbas and the Azov Sea was a priority topic of our negotiations with the President of Lithuania,” Poroshenko said. “The attack on Ukrainian navy points to another significant danger, which some prefer not to notice. This danger is the construction of strategically important objects in the international sea territories. This is another important argument against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.”
At the meeting, the two also signed the Road Map for the Development of Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania for 2019-2020.
They signed a document related to migration between the two countries as well.
Poroshenko thanked Lithuania for its help with “the medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian servicemen, for training and recovering of the wounded schoolchildren and students from the Donbas.”