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Ukraine ready to relocate part of drone production to Lithuania - Foreign Minister

Ukraine ready to relocate part of drone production to Lithuania - Foreign Minister Photo: Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis (GettyImage)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Lithuania has announced Ukraine's readiness to partially transfer drone production to its territory. This step is seen as mutually beneficial cooperation and preparation of the Western neighbors for possible military threats, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister insists that it would be foolish and irresponsible not to learn the lessons of the Ukrainian war.

"We can talk about joint production (of drones - ed.). It seems that the Ukrainians are interested in possibly moving part of the production to Lithuania. With our help, and perhaps partially for themselves, if we could provide them with the necessary drones," Landsbergis emphasizes.

According to the Minister, the way of warfare is changing, so Lithuania should learn from Ukrainians who have been fighting against Russian aggression for almost two years.

He notes that a few years before the full-scale invasion of Russia, Ukraine had no idea that it would need drones and vehicles that would become a daily routine in the war.

According to Landsbergis, Lithuania should learn from Ukraine, because if we look at the situation from the perspective of preparing for war in their country, this experience is relevant for Lithuanians.

"We need to learn (from Ukrainians - ed.) now. Especially since they are ready to open their books about the war to their friends. This is an extraordinary opportunity. The highest price was paid for the lessons we can learn," he adds.

Ukraine's cooperation with EU countries in drones production

Last December, Ukraine's Defense Minister Rustem Umerov and his Latvian counterpart Andris Spruds discussed the creation of a drone coalition.

A month later, Spruds said that about twenty countries had already joined the coalition of drones initiated by Latvia, which would be provided to Ukraine as part of defense assistance.

Later, it became known that the Latvian Defense Minister emphasized the importance of creating a coalition of drones, which several NATO member states have already applied to join.