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Zelenskyy and Nauseda sign Joint Statement in Vilnius: Document details

Zelenskyy and Nauseda sign Joint Statement in Vilnius: Document details Presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine, Gitanas Nauseda and Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:
Author: Daria Shekina

Today, January 10, the Presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Gitanas Nauseda, signed a Joint Statement in Vilnius. Also, in the presence of heads of state, several bilateral documents were signed, according to the press service of the President of Ukraine.

Joint Statement

The document mentions that the presidents have agreed to continue their collaborative efforts to ensure timely, predictable, and long-term military and financial support for Ukraine. This includes support through the European Union's financial instrument for Ukraine (Ukraine Facility), the European Peace Fund, and the EU Advisory Mission for Security Sector Reform in Ukraine.

Lithuania's overall support for Ukraine exceeds 1 billion euros and constitutes 1.45% of its GDP.

"Lithuania will continue providing military support to Ukraine responding to its urgent and long-term needs, including through the Lithuanian-led coalition for demining assistance to Ukraine, weapons and equipment supplies, training, and cooperation of defense industries, including joint ventures, localizing production in Ukraine, and promoting information exchange on respective defense-related research and development efforts," the statement specifies.

Furthermore, special attention in supporting Ukraine will be given to the provision of modern air defense systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare capabilities, long-range artillery, and ammunition.

Lithuania reaffirmed its full support for the Peace Formula initiated by Zelenskyy as a basis for comprehensive, fair, and lasting peace. The presidents support the organization of a Global Peace Summit in the near future.

Moreover, Ukraine and Lithuania confirmed their intentions to enhance cooperation on international platforms, including the International Crimean Platform, among others, to strengthen the isolation of Russia and its ally, Belarus.

Lithuania also reaffirmed its support for the restoration and reconstruction of Ukraine, focusing on schools, kindergartens, energy infrastructure, and pledged to continue this support in close coordination with Ukrainian and international partners.

What bilateral documents were signed

Today in Vilnius, in the presence of the leaders of both countries, a series of Ukrainian-Lithuanian documents were signed. These include:

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Strategic Industries of Ukraine and the Lithuanian Defense and Security Industry Association.

This memorandum involves support for joint projects in defense technology, including projects related to the development and manufacture of unmanned aerial and ground platforms, electronic warfare equipment, demining equipment, and other advanced solutions in defense technology.

Additionally, the document entails collaborative efforts in developing products to enhance situational awareness and provide technological advantage in traditional armaments such as armored vehicles and artillery systems. It also involves cooperation between Lithuanian and Ukrainian defense industries and research institutions to create new products, particularly in cybersecurity and communications.

  • Letters of Intent were signed between JSC "Ukrainian Defense Industry" and four foreign companies: RSI Europe, Brolis Semiconductors, DMEXS and NT Service. These enterprises specialize in innovative developments and production in the military sector, focusing on electronic warfare systems, remote initiation systems, optics for small arms, and surveillance systems.

Zelenskyy's visit to Lithuania

Today, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that he arrived in Vilnius for a working visit to the capital of Lithuania. He held talks with Lithuanian leader Gitanas Nauseda. Ukrainian and Lithuanian sides signed bilateral agreements.

Zelenskyy is also scheduled to meet with the Lithuanian Prime Minister, Speaker of the Seimas, representatives of political forces, media, and the Ukrainian community.

It was also reported that after Lithuania, the Ukrainian President will visit Estonia and Latvia.