Defense ministers of Ukraine and Lithuania identify areas of cooperation for 2020.

Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zahorodniuk met with Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis to discuss areas of cooperation for 2020.

"As part of a working visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zahorodniuk held a bilateral meeting with Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis," the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports.

During the meeting, Zahorodniuk informed his colleague about the priority tasks of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces. They include deterrence of Russian armed aggression, defense reforms, and meeting NATO membership criteria.

The minister expressed gratitude to the Republic of Lithuania for the comprehensive support of Ukraine. Andriy Zahorodniuk and Raimundas Karoblis paid attention to the activities of the joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian military unit LITPOLUKRBRIG.

Karoblis expressed support for Ukraine's defense reform and noted that the Republic of Lithuania would continue to provide advisory and training assistance to Ukraine.

The parties emphasized the continuation of long-term cooperation in military-political and military spheres in the context of bringing the Ukrainian Armed Forces closer to NATO standards. The ministers identified areas of cooperation for 2020. In particular, the reform of military education, NCOs and the functioning of LITPOLUKRBRIG.

The parties also discussed participation in the 4th Ukrainian Reform Conference, which will be held in Vilnius on July 7, 2020.

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