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Lithuania not to buy Ukraine’s military equipment due to mismatch NATO requirements - Defense Minister
23:02, 29 August 2016
Lithuania not to buy Ukraine’s military equipment due to mismatch NATO requirements - Defense Minister

"There are our demands to be met, both in terms of protecting power of technology and combat", said Olekas

23:02, 29 August 2016

Министр обороны Литвы Юозас Олекас
Belsat TV

Lithuania will not buy Ukrainian military equipment, because it does not meet the requirements of the NATO countries. Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas said this in an interview with 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

"There are our demands to be met, both in terms of protecting the power of technology and combat. There are standards that are accepted in NATO countries, to operate, to participate in activities together. These requirements are consistent with German technology, which we have chosen. As you know I was at the time of the previous visit to Ukraine in the Ukrainian plant in Kharkov and saw the equipment, but we still decided to buy German armory",  Juozas said.

According to him, Ukrainian equipment does not meet the requirements of the NATO countries.

He added that while Lithuania has no plans to buy Ukrainian military equipment, “but maybe some day it will meet the NATO requirements and then we’ll see”.

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