President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: we strongly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

2020-09-10

President Gitanas Nausėda met with Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov. At the meeting, the President reiterated Lithuania’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The President and the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada discussed relevant bilateral and regional issues, the Eastern Partnership Initiative, cooperation between NATO and Ukraine as well as the implementation of reforms in Ukraine and situation in Belarus.

“We strongly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and will continue our policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea. We must keep the international community focused on this problem to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine”, said the President at the meeting.

Lithuania directs most of its development cooperation and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. We also provide support for reforms and regions affected by the Russian aggression. The President welcomed Ukraine’s ambitious reform initiatives and stressed the importance of not stopping, especially in continuing the fight against corruption, strengthening the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. The implementation of reforms in Ukraine and the progress will be discussed at the Ukraine Reform Conference to be held in Vilnius next year.

The President emphasized that Lithuania maintained strong support for Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration. According to the President, both countries must work together for an ambitious Eastern Partnership policy in preparation for the forthcoming 2021 summit. Lithuania also consistently supports cooperation between Ukraine and NATO: Ukraine has been granted the status of an enhanced partner of the Alliance.

Regional energy security issues were also addressed at the meeting. The President reassured the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada that Lithuania’s position on the Ostravets nuclear power plant was clear: the NPP poses a threat to national security, the environment and public health. Lithuania welcomes the draft law of the Verkhovna Rada proposing a ban on electricity imports from countries that are not members of the EU or the Energy Union.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.09.10 17:58

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