Turchynov, Linkevicius discuss Donbas escalation, cooperation

16:22, 09 February 2017

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has met with Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius to discuss escalation seen in Donbas in past weeks amid an increase in the number of provocations by Russian hybrid troops.

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The parties also paid significant attention to questions of boosting Ukrainian-Lithuanian cooperation, particularly in the military-technical sphere, the NSDC reported.

Turchynov informed the Lithuanian minister about "the expansion of the Russian Federation's military potential in the east of Ukraine, aggressive actions of Russian hybrid troops in Donbas and provocations, in particular, against civilians."

"Every day new equipment and weapons are supplied to Donbas from Russia: self-propelled guns, multiple launch rocket systems, howitzers, etc.," he noted.

Read alsoTurchynov: 2017 to become turning point in liberation of occupied DonbasMoreover, the two officials discussed the issue of visa liberalization for Ukraine. Linkevicius forecasts that Ukraine has "every chance of getting the visa-free regime very soon."

He also stressed that "Lithuania has been and remains Ukraine's devoted friend."

"We appreciate the efforts of your country in defending your European choice and are ready to further help you on your way to Europe," he said.

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