"In response to Russia's aggressive actions, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are united in their commitment to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Baltic States will continue to support Ukraine not only diplomatically and politically, but also by strengthening Ukraine's self-defense capabilities," a statement from the Latvian Defense Ministry said.
"Given Russia's intensified military pressure on Ukraine and its borders, the Baltic states have decided to respond to Ukraine's needs and provide additional defense assistance. This assistance will further strengthen Ukraine's ability to protect its territory and population in the event of possible Russian aggression.
The Baltic states will send “Stinger” and “Javelin” systems, as well as various individual equipment to help Ukraine to strengthen its defences. I strongly urge Russia to de-escalate situation at the border with Ukraine and respect its sovereignty.— Artis Pabriks (@Pabriks) January 21, 2022
"By strengthening the military capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Latvia and Lithuania will provide the 'Stinger' air defense missile system and the necessary equipment. Latvia will also send individual equipment and dry rations. In turn, Estonia will provide 'Javelin' anti-tank missile systems," the statement said.
"Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and their allies are cooperating to provide operational support to Ukraine in strengthening its defense... The Baltic states hope that Ukraine will not need to use this equipment and calls on the Russian Federation to stop its aggressive and irresponsible actions," the statement concluded.
The U.S.' export control regulations demand that countries receive State Department approval before sending U.S.-made weapons to third countries, with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken swiftly approving the transfer while praising the Baltics saying: "We salute them for their longstanding support to Ukraine."
I expedited and authorized and we fully endorse transfers of defensive equipment @NATO Allies 🇪🇪 🇱🇻 🇱🇹 are providing to Ukraine to strengthen its ability to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and irresponsible aggression. https://t.co/wFOLv0Wi2V
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken)