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The President: we support Ukraine‘s Euro-Atlantic integration and territorial integrity

2020-04-27

Continuing talks with the leaders of the EU Eastern Partnership countries, today President Gitanas Nausėda had a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The Presidents discussed the Eastern Partnership agenda and agreed that this EU policy needed a strategic approach and ambitious agenda.

Expressing strong support for Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration and the ongoing reform process in prosecution and judiciary, banking regulation, and liberalization of land market, the President reminded that Lithuania remained a strong promoter of the Eastern Partnership program.

“It is necessary to ensure the independence of the Ukrainian authorities and introduce anti-corruption measures. It is very important for citizens, for democracy, for economic growth, as well as for European companies that consider significant investments in Ukraine,” the President added.

When talking to his Ukrainian counterpart, President Nausėda emphasized Lithuania's strong position on the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant and Lithuania's decision not to buy unsafe electricity from the third countries. The President asked Ukraine to reconsider the issue of non-purchase of electricity from the Ostravets NPP.

President Gitanas Nausėda expressed concern over security and humanitarian situation in Donbas and Crimea. Reminding Lithuania's position on support for Ukraine's territorial integrity, President Nausėda also emphasized Russia's responsibility in the conflict.

The Lithuanian President expressed regret that due to the COVID-19 outbreak the visit to Ukraine, Kiev and Zaporizhia that was scheduled for March this year was cancelled as well as the Ukraine Reform Conference had to be postponed.

The Presidents discussed the dynamics of the spread of the coronavirus, prevention measures and prospects for loosening quarantine restrictions, also shared their views on social and economic consequences of the pandemic, national economic support plans and discussed the European Commission's aid package for the third countries. The President informed that Lithuania had already donated humanitarian aid to Ukraine by providing medical supplies.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.04.27 19:53

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