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2011 Oficial statements
Speech of the Minister of National Defence Rasa Juknevičienė delivered at the University of Taras Shevchenko in Ukrain
Very symbolic meeting. Taras Shevchenko (a poet, artist and humanist spent several important years of his youth in Vilnius) - a symbol of Ukrainian national independence. This is one of many things which unite our states, some six centuries ago Lithuania and Ukraine formed a common state.
In my speech I would like to concentrate on Lithuania, which this year is commemorating seven-year membership of NATO and the EU. I would like to share with you our security perspective, the challenges we face and what we are doing to respond them.