NATO countries will assist Ukraine in reforming the security and defense industries. It was announced by the Minister of Defence of Lithuania Juozas Olekas today during a press conference dedicated to the 15th International Week: NATO after the Wales Summit, Joinfo.ua reports.
"One of the key points is that the future of Europe is impossible without free and prosperous Ukraine. This is one of the factors that drives us to deepen cooperation with Ukraine. This also encourages Ukraine to implement reforms in the defense sector, which in the future will help protect its border… I very much hope and wish that next year there will be peace in Ukraine," said Olekas.
He noted that Lithuania "has always been one of the countries ready to assist Ukraine."
"We have always helped Ukraine in military training and education. Also, representatives of the Medical Service of Lithuania have always participated in exercises with Ukraine. In addition, there was established a trust fund with the assistance of Lithuania, which will help Ukraine in the future. And I'm sure that the newly created Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade will contribute to the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," said Olekas.
It should be noted that the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine and former Prime Minister Yevgen Marchuk said that Ukraine's accession to NATO had been stopped in 2004, when Leonid Kuchma had rejected the idea of Ukraine's joining the alliance in favor of Vladimir Putin.