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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy visits Baltics, focuses on war and European integration

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VILNIUS (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi arrived in Lithuania on Wednesday at the start of a tour of three Baltic states to discuss his country’s war with Russia and Kiev’s plans to join NATO and the European Union.

Announcing his arrival on X, formerly known as Twitter, Zelenskiy said he would visit Latvia and Estonia in the coming days. All three Baltic states are members of the EU and the NATO military alliance.

“Security, EU and NATO integration, cooperation on electronic warfare and drones, as well as increased coordination of European support are all on the agenda,” Zelenskiy said .

Zelenskiy and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda are due to hold talks and a joint press conference is planned for 11:25 GMT. The Ukrainian leader will also deliver a public speech, Nauseda’s office said.

Zelenskiy arrived in Vilnius for an unannounced visit, a staunch supporter of kyiv, ahead of the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Faced with growing prospects of a protracted war, Ukraine has appealed to its Western allies for increased financial and military aid.

“The presidents will discuss the war in Ukraine, support for Ukraine and its integration into the European Union and NATO,” Nauseda’s office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas, editing by Terje Solsvik and Timothy Heritage)

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