Baltic countries call for speeding up arms supplies to Ukraine

Archive – Ukrainian tank in the vicinity of Lisichansk in the east of the country. – Madeleine Kelly / Zuma Press / ContactoPhoto

The Baltic countries–Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania–have appealed to Western allies to speed up arms supplies to Ukraine in view of the possible escalation of hostilities with Russia as the war heads toward its first anniversary.

«The next few months will be very difficult, they may even be decisive in terms of this war. We have to accelerate and improve our support to Ukraine, first of all military aid,» said Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte after a meeting with the other Baltic countries in the Estonian capital Riga.

Simonyte’s statements come after Western powers, especially European ones, have been discussing for weeks the possibility of supplying German-made Leopard battle tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

For her part, Estonia’s head of government, Kaja Kallas, has warned that such supplies should not take long to arrive in Kiev. «It is very important that we see the results as soon as possible, including on the battlefield,» said Prime Minister Kallas.

«Aid to Ukraine must not be delayed and should not be fragmented (…) Russia is preparing for a new large-scale offensive and our aid to Ukraine must be sufficient to cope with it,» the Estonian head of government concluded.