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Ukraine will not levy duties on imports from Lithuania and will supply deficient quantity of electricity after closure of Ignalina NPP

2009-09-23

Wednesday, September 23, New York - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė attending session of the United Nations General Assembly had a bilateral meeting with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko.

The hour-long meeting focused on bilateral relations between the two states and the progress of Ukraine's euro-atlantic integration.

Speaking about bilateral relations, Lithuania's President underlined that Ukraine's plans to levy duties on certain imports from the European Union run counter to the interests of not only Lithuania but also of other EU Member States as well as to the principles of the World Trade Organisation of which Ukraine is a member. This policy, according to President Grybauskaitė, aggravates Ukraine's prospects for a deep free trade agreement with the EU. Ukraine's President Yushchenko assured that duties had already been withdrawn and new duties would not be imposed.

Ukraine's President assured Lithuania's President who underlined the importance of cooperation in the electricity supply that Ukraine would be able to supply the deficient quantity of electricity via Belarus after the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. According to President Yushchenko, Ukraine is prepared to sign contracts concerning electricity quantities.

President Grybauskaitė underlined Lithuania was supporting Ukraine's euro-atlantic integration aspirations, but noted that Ukraine had to do homework given both by the EU and NATO and to enhance its cooperation with these organisations. One of the key tasks, according to President Grybauskaitė, is to secure support from the Ukrainian people, whereas Lithuania is ready to share experience, particularly through the EU Eastern Partnership Programme, with Ukrainian specialists in developing cooperation projects, etc.

President Grybauskaitė thanked Ukraine's President for inviting her to visit Ukraine.

Still today, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will have meetings with President Boris Tadic of Serbia and President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia to discuss relations of these countries with the European Union and prospects of deeper economic cooperation with Lithuania.

Tomorrow, September 24, the President will address the UN General Assembly on the theme "Effective Responses to Global Crises: Strengthening Multilateralism and Dialogue among Civilisations for International Peace, Security and Development".

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.09.23 20:10

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