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Lithuanian Defence Minister describes challenges facing new Ukrainian Defence Minister

Monday, 4 September 2023, 23:10

Arvydas Anušauskas, Lithuanian Defence Minister, has said that the successor of Ukraine's current Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov will have to make efforts to establish relations with Western leaders.

Source: Anušauskas on 4 September, as reported by European Pravda, citing LRT news outlet

Details: Anušauskas stressed that Reznikov served as defence minister during the most challenging period and managed to build good relations with his colleagues from many countries.

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"He cannot automatically pass on his contacts. The new minister will have to make an effort to establish those contacts and channels," Anušauskas said.

The Lithuanian Defence Minister voiced hope that the Ukrainian political leadership would continue working with Reznikov because of his "good connections and contacts".

Background: On 4 September, Oleksii Reznikov submitted his letter of resignation from the post of defence minister to the Ukrainian Parliament.

Rustem Umerov, currently in charge of Ukraine’s State Property Fund, is expected to be appointed as defence minister this week.

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