Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will convene the State Defense Council on Monday, his spokesman Ridas Jasiulionis has confirmed to BNS.

In his words, among other things, the council will discuss steps to bolster Lithuania's and regional air defense, as well as military and non-military assistance to Ukraine.

The issue of regional air defense became more of a concern after two people were killed in Poland on Tuesday night when a missile landed in Poland close to its border with Ukraine. In response, the Lithuanian army increased the readiness level of its air defense units.

Washington and Warsaw believe it was fired by Ukrainian forces defending against Kremlin missile attacks, but the end responsibility for the incident still lies with Moscow, the West thinks.

Speaking earlier, the Lithuanian president said the State Defense Council would need to decide whether to hand over PzH 2000 howitzers and NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine in response to the latter's request.

Critics argue that transferring this weaponry would erode Lithuania's recently acquired capabilities.

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