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Zelenskyy visits Three Seas Summit, strengthens military cooperation with Baltic states

Zelensky discussed priorities in weaponry and political cooperation, and secured commitments for military assistance and support for Ukraine’s EU and NATO paths.
Zelenskyy visits Three Seas Summit, 11 April 2024
Zelenskyy visits Three Seas Summit, strengthens military cooperation with Baltic states

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Vilnius for the Three Seas Summit (Trymorya Summit) was marked by a crucial meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. Zelenskyy took to Twitter to share the outcomes, highlighting the significance of their discussions in light of the recent Russian attacks and Ukraine’s pressing need for air defense systems.

“We discussed the situation on the battlefield, priorities in weaponry, and political cooperation at the EU and NATO levels – concrete steps to take this year,” Zelenskyy stated, emphasizing the need for real actions to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense.

On the night of April 11, Russian forces launched a significant attack on Ukraine, targeting various regions with a range of missiles and drones. Ukraine’s air defenses reported the launch of 82 targets, including cruise missiles, anti-aircraft guided missiles, and drones. The attack extended to Kyiv Oblast, Kharkiv Oblast, Lviv Oblast, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Dnipropetrovsk Oblasts, causing damage to energy infrastructure and residential areas.

During his visit, Zelenskyy also signed a bilateral security agreement with Latvia, following the Vilnius Declaration of the G7 on “security guarantees.” According to the president, Latvia has committed to providing Ukraine with military assistance equivalent to 0.25% of its GDP annually. Additionally, Latvia has pledged support for Ukraine in cyber defense, demining, drone technologies, and its accession to the EU and NATO.

“Thank you, friendly Latvia! This is the specificity and predictability that our fight for freedom and independence needs,” Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude.

Zelenskyy’s visit comes at a critical time as Ukraine faces ongoing Russian aggression. He highlighted the daily threat Ukraine faces from missile attacks and emphasized the importance of unity within the European Union. Zelenskyy stressed that unity in Europe is crucial to counter Russian threats effectively.

“This year should be a time for all the necessary steps that will make our victory over Russian terror a reality. This is possible. But it is possible only in unity – ours with you and all partners,” Zelenskyy emphasized.

The president’s visit underscores Ukraine’s continued efforts to strengthen its defenses and seek support from European allies amid escalating tensions with Russia. In particular, Ukraine is seeking more predictable and stable financial support through the creation of a Ukraine Assistance Fund within the European Peace Facility, although there has been some resistance from certain EU member states​​.

The bilateral security agreement with Latvia further solidifies Ukraine’s strategic partnerships in the region, demonstrating a united front against Russian aggression. This agreement not only provides Ukraine with crucial military assistance but also signals a long-term commitment to Ukraine’s security and its aspirations to join the EU and NATO. As Ukraine continues to face security challenges, such agreements and partnerships play a vital role in enhancing its defense capabilities and ensuring its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Lithuania has been actively supporting Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression. In particular, Lithuania has delivered NASAMS launchers to boost Ukraine’s air defense. Lithuania has donated €1 million to the Ukraine Solidarity Fund for reconstruction efforts. The country has also pledged $200 million in additional military assistance to Ukraine.

Recently, Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvičs announced a new military aid package for Ukraine during a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Riga. The package includes self-propelled howitzers, 155 mm ammunition, anti-tank weapons, helicopters, and drones, as well as SUVs, communication equipment, generators, and winter gear. Latvia plans to train 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers throughout 2024 and will continue rehabilitation projects for Ukrainian military personnel and border guards.


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