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Zelenskyy thanks Lithuania for defense support at start of Baltics tour

Kyiv/Moscow, Jan 10 (EFE).- Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda on Wednesday for the Baltic country’s continued support to Ukraine in its defense against Russian bombs.

“Thank you for the defense support, which we have now agreed on. It is not simple assistance, but joint production, including systems for fighting drones, which are sorely needed on the front,” Zelenskyy wrote in Telegram at the end of a meeting in Vilnius with Nauseda.

The Ukrainian leader said that his country’s main need was air defense systems, including weapons to shoot down ballistic missiles.

Earlier, Kyiv reported that the issues of security, integration in the EU and NATO, and cooperation on drones and electronic warfare equipment, in which Lithuania has supported Ukraine since the beginning of the war, would be top of the agenda during Zelenskyy’s meetings on his tour of the Baltics.

The Ukrainian president is next due to travel to Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia.

The three Baltic countries are among Ukraine’s staunchest allies, and have devoted the largest percentage of their GDP out of all of Ukraine’s partners to sending assistance to Kyiv.

“We have shown that Russia can be stopped and repelled. We are all unlucky to have Russia as a neighbor. We will not be prisoners of geography or allow Russia to destroy our independence,” Zelenskyy said in Vilnius. EFE

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