Lithuania ready to send troops to Ukraine to train Ukrainian personnel if such coalition emerges

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis. Photo: Gabrielius Landsbergis/X

Lithuania once again addresses the issue of sending its troops to Ukraine in order to facilitate the training process for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielus Landsbergis as he was answering the questions from Ukrainian People’s Deputy Honcharenko at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

“French President has shown initiative, which Lithuania has suppotred, which offers an opportunity to start devising a plan of return of certain missions that have been previously active in Ukraine back to Ukraine. I can tell you Lithuania is ready to consider being part of a coalition of countires […] that could perform training in territory of Ukraine,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister said on May 24.

Landsbergis claims Lithuania wouldn’t see it as an “escalatory move” as it wouldn’t be a combat operation, it would only facilitate the existing training and simplify the logistics.

As he spoke of it in terms of Macron’s initiative, Landsbergis suggested that France could become a leader such a coalition.

Previously, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that he can’t “rule anything out” when it comes ot sending troops to Ukraine due to the unpredictability of Russia.

“If the Russians penetrate the front lines, if there is a Ukrainian request — which is not the case today — we should legitimately ask ourselves the question” about sending forces, Macron told The Economist.

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