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Lithuania stands ready to share coronavirus vaccines with Ukraine, once the country has sufficient amounts of it, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says.
Skiepijimas nuo koronaviruso Kauno klinikose
Skiepijimas nuo koronaviruso Kauno klinikose
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"I share the concern of the minister and the Ukrainian government that not enough of vaccines are reaching Ukraine. I offered a possibility, whenever Lithuania is ready to share, we will to try and help Ukraine," Landsbergis told a press conference in Kiev following a meeting with his Ukrainian counterparts Dmytro Kuleba.

The Lithuanian minister also said it's too soon right now to say when Lithuania would have a surplus of vaccines to be able to share with Ukraine, but stressed the importance of showing "a political objective".

In Landsbergis' words, Lithuania's assistance would satisfy only a small share of demand in Ukraine, adding, however, that assistance from other EU states could do that.

"But we can ask our friends in Europe to join us whenever they are able to do that in order to help our neighbors," he said.

The first batch of COVID-19 dozes reached Ukraine on Tuesday following several delays. The country of 40 million people is among the poorest in Europe and is one of the last countries in the region to roll out vaccination.

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