President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: we have supported and will continue to support Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration

2019-11-27

Today, President Gitanas Nausėda met with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. At the twelfth meeting of the Council of Presidents, a Joint Declaration of Presidents was signed to define the priorities for cooperation between Lithuania and Ukraine for the coming year. Special attention will be paid to bilateral political and economic relations, security and defense issues, Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration and cooperation on energy, innovation, transport, and social policy.

“We maintain close, even brotherly, relations with Ukraine. We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and do not recognize the annexation of Crimea. We understand the challenges that Ukraine faces and therefore actively contribute to the peace in Ukraine by providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of the conflict in Donbas. The events in Ukraine are like a living wound that reminds us of our own painful history, uncertainty and fears about the country’s independence 28 years ago”, the President said after the meeting. 

The Presidents discussed defense and security issues, the situation in Eastern Ukraine, preparations for the Normandy Quartet meeting, and relations with Russia. President Nausėda assured that there would be no change in the sanctions against Russia until the Minsk agreements were implemented and the annexation of Crimea continued.

At the meeting, the Presidents agreed to enhance cyber security cooperation and engagement with the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade. The initiative to strengthen cooperation is evidenced by two interinstitutional declarations signed by the Presidents. One defines cooperation in cyber security and the other – electronic identification. A cooperation agreement on youth and children’s rights was also initiated.

“The President of Ukraine and I agreed on the need to pursue long-term ambitious goals of the Eastern Partnership Initiative. Lithuania supports Ukraine’s increased sectoral integration with the EU in areas such as energy, the digital economy, law and domestic policy. We also look forward to closer cooperation on customs issues”, President Nausėda added. The President assured that Lithuania actively supported and would support the sustainability and irreversibility of Ukraine’s reforms and called for their implementation under the principles of good governance, transparency and the rule of law.

The Presidents’ meeting also focused on strategic energy and transport projects, nuclear safety, gas interconnections with the EU and renewable energy. The progress of organizing Ukraine’s reform conference on July 6-7, 2020, in Vilnius, was also discussed.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2019.11.27 13:17

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