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Prime Minister: we strongly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

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2020 09 10

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov, who is visiting Lithuania, to discuss bilateral cooperation, security in the region, and other relevant matters.

During the meeting, the excellent bilateral political, economic, cultural, historical relations and active cooperation between Lithuania and Ukraine were welcomed. Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, continues its policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea, and believes that this issue needs more international attention. Ukraine’s aspirations to become a member of the European Union and NATO continue to be consistently supported. The Prime Minister stressed that Ukraine has made obvious progress in reforms. The successful implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) and NATO’s decision to grant Ukraine an Enhanced Operating Partner status are tangible proof that Ukraine is firmly on the path to integration. However, the Ukraine Reform Conference, planned to be held on 7 July 2020, has been rescheduled to 2021 because of the pandemic.  

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has stressed that all the possible assistance to Ukraine will be further provided.

‘We have consistently provided support to the regions of eastern Ukraine that have suffered from Russia and separatists that it supports. One of the important elements of Lithuania’s assistance is the rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers that has been taking place in Lithuania since 2014,’ said Skvernelis.

In total, 272 wounded Ukrainian soldiers and their family members have been treated and rehabilitated at the military rehabilitation centre in Druskininkai. The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has personally thanked the Government of Lithuania for the EUR 1 million-worth support for the installation of Avdijivka School No. 2 in the Donetsk Oblast and improvement of the well-being of the school environment.

The Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine have agreed on the need to further promote and develop economic cooperation between the two countries. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Razumkov has noted that much has already been done in Ukraine to improve the investment and business environment; however, the planned reforms will be further implemented, and the indicators of economic cooperation between Lithuania and Ukraine are expected only to rise.

Saulius Skvernelis has drawn the attention of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the biggest challenge of Lithuania at the moment – the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Belarus, located just 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital, which poses a threat to national security, environment, and public health. The Prime Minister has welcomed the initiatives of the Verkhovna Rada to ban commercial imports of electricity from the countries that are not members of the EU or the Energy Union, such as Belarus.

Attention has also been given to the constant direct threat from Russia. It has been stated that even in the conditions of the pandemic, open hybrid aggression against the EU and Eastern Partnership countries is displayed, while Russia’s attempts to rewrite and distort history, as well as justify the communist regime and its crimes, are unacceptable.