Lithuania calls on the US to start shipping weapons to Ukraine
The United States should be helping Ukraine with arms supplies, said Lithuanian Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis on Thursday on national radio.
"Assistance from the US should not be just symbolic, but also be the supply of specific weapons that would help neutralize modern Russian weapons available in the Donbas," Karoblis said.
The head of the Defense Ministry expressed hope that "sooner or later such a decision will be made by Washington. Then, perhaps, the example of the United States will be followed by other countries."
He recalled that Lithuania is the only NATO country to have transferred "weapons elements" to Ukraine, which happened two years ago.
In 2016, Vilnius also provided Kyiv with ammunition from the arsenal of the Lithuanian army. Lithuania was said to have strictly adhered to the agreements and conventions regulating the process.
Earlier, it was reported that Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak stated that Ukraine expected that the partner countries would provide it with lethal weapons, noting that to date, only Lithuania has provided such assistance.