NewsLithuania's foreign affairs leader demands stronger support for Ukraine against Russia

Lithuania's foreign affairs leader demands stronger support for Ukraine against Russia

The Lithuanian foreign minister compares Poland and Ukraine.
The Lithuanian foreign minister compares Poland and Ukraine.
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7:30 AM EST, January 22, 2024

In one of his social media posts, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Head of Lithuania's Foreign Affairs Department, unveiled a graphic on platform X. He demonstrated the aid Ukraine has received using a comparison with the volume of equipment and weapons recently ordered by Poland. "Let's juxtapose Poland's latest orders with the equipment that has been recently donated to Ukraine," the politician suggested.

Assisting Ukraine

Landsbergis mentioned that Ukraine and Poland are comparable in demographics and size. Therefore, he underscores the unfairness in how differently the two countries are treated, especially considering the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted Poland's NATO membership. In the event of an attack on our country, we can depend on the assistance of our allies and invoke the so-called Fifth Article of the North Atlantic Treaty. Unlike Poland, Ukraine is not a NATO member, so it cannot rely on direct support, which is one of the reasons it aspires to join the organization.

"If we continue to support Ukraine 'as long as necessary', but avoid providing the essential equipment before it's too late, it will indeed take quite some time. Instead, let's proactively prioritize our collective security and equip Ukraine with all it needs to win, and do so now," he added.

Gabrielius Landsbergis is reigniting this debate. Last week, he attended the World Economic Forum in Swiss Davos, where he advocated for immediate escalation of aid to Ukraine. He asserted that without the needed support, Russia would prevail in the war, which could have dire consequences for Europe.

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