The tasks of a NATO contact-point embassy include disseminating information about the Alliance’s operations and its policies, organizing educational events, cooperating with the local press, government institutions and non-governmental organizations.
Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the embassy would place a special focus on work in Ukraine’s regions.
“I am glad that Lithuania has been entrusted with the honourable task of representing the Alliance in Ukraine. We seek to reinforce NATO cooperation with Ukraine and promote the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in a press release.
The Embassy to Ukraine will replace Poland’s embassy at the function of NATO’s contact-point embassy in the country.
The Ukrainian government, which is fighting Russian-supported separatists in eastern regions of the country, recently said it would seek to join NATO.