Baltic states send US-made weapons to Ukraine under the threat of Russia


The Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are sending US-made weapons to Ukraine to strengthen military support amid the threat of Russia’s invasion.

This is because Russia has sent an estimated 100,000 troops with tanks and other heavy weapons to the northeastern border of Ukraine, but has denied planning an attack.

In a statement, Defense Ministers confirmed that they had received approval from the United States to send weapons, including javelin anti-armor missiles from Estonia, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles from Lithuania and Latvia, and adjacent equipment.

“Given the growing military pressure of Russia in and around Ukraine, the Baltic states have decided to meet the needs of Ukraine and provide additional defense-related assistance. This assistance is the invasion of Russia. Will further strengthen its ability to protect Ukraine’s territory and population if there is a possibility. ” statement..

“Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and their allies are working swiftly to hand over security assistance to Ukraine. Ukraine does not need to use this equipment and captures its offensive and irresponsible actions in the Russian Federation. I sincerely hope that there is no need to call for it, “they added.

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On January 18, 2022, a convoy of Russian armored vehicles will move along the highways of the Crimean Peninsula. (AP photo)
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On January 18, 2022, a convoy of Russian armored vehicles will move along the highways of the Crimean Peninsula. (AP photo)

“The Baltic states will send a system of’Stinger’and’Javelin’, and a variety of individual equipment to help Ukraine strengthen its defenses,” said Artis Pabriks, Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister of Latvia. Said on twitter.. “I urge Russia to exacerbate the situation on the border with Ukraine and respect its sovereignty.”

Under export control regulations, countries must obtain approval from the State Department before transferring weapons received from the United States to a third party.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson has confirmed approval to allow Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the United Kingdom to provide U.S.-made equipment to Ukraine from their inventory, but details on which weapons will be sent. I didn’t reveal it.

“The United States and its allies and partners are working together to promote security assistance to Ukraine. We are in close contact with our partners and NATO allies and all available security cooperation. We are using the tools creatively to help Ukraine strengthen its defenses in the face of the growing invasion of Russia, “said a spokesman.

Russian troops occupied and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Shortly thereafter, Russia began supporting separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine. The ongoing war has killed more than 13,000 people since April 2014.

Imminent aggression?

Russia’s recent military and arms accumulation near the Ukrainian border is believed by the West to be in preparation for a war to prevent Ukraine from joining the NATO Western Security Alliance.

Russian officials recently demanded that NATO abandon military operations in Eastern Europe and Ukraine in writing, but member states refused to make such a promise.

Several NATO members have signaled support in Ukraine’s defense in the last few days and weeks. This is because Russian troops began arriving in Belarus on January 18 for a military exercise near the Ukrainian border scheduled for February.

U.S. intelligence findings, which were declassified and shared with U.S. allies before they were released, estimate that military aggression could begin between mid-January and mid-February.

A new US intelligence agency was revealed after little progress was made in a series of talks between Russia and the United States and its western allies in Europe this week aimed at avoiding a deepening crisis.

The United States has dispatched a USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group to participate in naval exercises in the Mediterranean.Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby Announced on Friday..

Kirby told reporters that the 12-day maritime exercise “Neptune Strike ’22” “demonstrates NATO’s ability to integrate the carrier strike group’s high-end maritime strike capabilities to support the alliance’s deterrence and defense.”

He said the training did not correspond to the recent Russian military buildup and has been a “long-term plan” since 2020, but the Marine exercises It was not posted on the NATO website Along with other exercises of the year. However, Kirby said recent tensions at the Russian-Ukraine border were taken into account when deciding whether to continue the exercise.

On January 19, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the possibility of deploying his troops in Romania as part of NATO’s operations. The next day, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Macron’s announcement.

“We sincerely welcome President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement of France’s preparations to participate in NATO’s positive military presence in Romania,” Iohannis wrote on Twitter. “Therefore, the strategic partnership between Romania and France will be strengthened on the eastern side of the Black Sea region.”

Denmark announces on January 18th Send four F-16 fighters to Lithuania To guard a frigate with 160 soldiers in the airspace above the Baltic states and in the Baltic Sea.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom sent 2,000 anti-tank missile launchers by air to Ukraine, along with 30 elite troops to provide training.

Spain announced on January 20 that it had dispatched warships to strengthen NATO’s navy in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said the government is also considering sending fighters to Bulgaria.

Separately, Germany reported that Estonia refused to issue a permit permitting the export of military weapons of German origin to Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal On Friday. According to outlets, German authorities have hampered long-standing policies on arms exports to tense areas.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Mimi Nguyen Lee

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Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter who covers world news with a focus on US news. She is based in Australia and has a background in clinical optometry. Contact Mimi at [email protected]