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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Casts Doubt on NATO Plan to Support Ukraine

Brussels, April 04, 2024, The Europe Today: Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has expressed skepticism regarding a NATO plan aimed at securing €100 billion ($108.6 billion) in long-term support for Ukraine, stating that the initiative faces significant challenges ahead.

In an interview with German media, Landsbergis acknowledged the arduous nature of discussions within Europe surrounding the proposed fund, characterizing them as “tremendously difficult and not very fruitful.” Despite the obstacles, he affirmed Lithuania’s commitment to participating in the coalition supporting Ukraine should the plan progress.

Landsbergis noted that NATO member states have voiced substantial concerns regarding the functionality and funding sources of the proposed fund. He emphasized a lack of clarity on how the fund would operate and the origins of the finances required for its implementation.

The proposed initiative by NATO aims to bolster aid to Ukraine amid uncertainties surrounding the potential return of former US President Donald Trump to the White House. NATO officials aim to secure agreement on the proposal among alliance members by July.

However, Landsbergis’ remarks present a contrasting viewpoint to those expressed by Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Krisjanis Karins. Karins conveyed a generally positive reception to new proposals for the fund and for NATO’s coordination of Ukraine aid, indicating a more optimistic outlook from some quarters within the alliance.

The divergence in opinions underscores the complexities surrounding efforts to provide long-term support to Ukraine within the NATO framework, highlighting the need for further deliberation and consensus-building among member states.