Ukrainian defense minister in Vilnius: Russia building up forces at Ukraine's border
Friday, May 19, 2017
Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has said in Vilnius that Russia had stationed thousands of troops in Eastern Ukraine and was building up its capabilities at the border, which indicates Moscow's aggressive plans.
Lithuania will continue supporting Ukraine's ongoing defense and security reforms, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said after meeting with Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak in Vilnius on Thursday.
Speaking at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius emphasized the importance of stepping up defense in the face of the challenges posed by Russia.
In 1947, following his return to Washington after the negotiations with Stalin and Molotov in Moscow, George Marshall, the famous US military leader and post-war Secretary of State, saw the need to promote economic recovery in Western Europe destroyed by war. This was seen as a stabilising factor and the only way to halt Stalin's ambitions of expanding his political dominance to Western Europe.