Lithuania's State Defense Council to convene on Monday

  • 2022-11-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will convene the State Defense Council on Monday, his spokesman Ridas Jasiulionis has confirmed it to BNS, adding that the meeting's agenda will be announced later.

Two people were killed in Poland on Tuesday night when a missile landed close to its border with Ukraine. In response, the Lithuanian army increased the readiness level of its air defense units.

Washington and Warsaw believe it was fired by Ukrainian forces defending against Kremlin missile attacks, but the end responsibility for the incident still lies with Moscow, the West believes.

Speaking earlier, the Lithuanian president said the State Defense Council would need to decide whether to hand over PzH 2000 howitzers and NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine in the response to the latter's request.

Critics argue that the transfer of this weaponry would erode Lithuania's recently acquired capabilities.