Leaders of European countries send greetings President Petro Poroshenko on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė wished Ukraine prosperity, peace and unity. Dalia Grybauskaitė noted that 27 years ago, when Ukraine proclaimed its independence, and during the last years of difficult tests, the Ukrainian people demonstrated to the whole world that they care for freedom and are ready to fight for it, taking responsibility for their own future and for the development of the state.
"With such strong, decisive citizens who have a free spirit, your country is and will remain free. In Lithuania, we remember well the worthy struggle of our friends for freedom and unity. I sincerely wish you to preserve this and remain vigilant on a difficult yet very necessary path of reforms. The Lithuanian people will remain your loyal friend and assistant in the development of Ukraine as a successful, independent, European and democratic state on the continent," the letter reads. The President of Lithuania stressed that it is important for Ukraine to continue to unite society for the sake of ensuring economic recovery, prosperity and security of the entire population. "All Ukrainians should feel national success. This is a great responsibility for the future of your state and an accountability to all those who defended the freedom of Ukraine, established and developed it," she said.
"Your people are well aware of the meaning of freedom. Therefore, I wish your national holiday to become a manifestation of unity and willingness to work together. Please accept my assurances of highest respect and best regards from the Lithuanian people. Glory to Ukraine!" the President of Lithuania emphasized.
Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis wished Ukrainians peace and prosperity, reaffirming Romania's continued support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. "I want to once again express my support for the European ambitions of your country and their implementation through democratic transformations that all citizens of Ukraine, including those belonging to the Romanian national minority, will be able to enjoy equally," he said.
Bulgarian leader Rumen Radev wished the people of Ukraine peace and prosperity: "Bulgaria will continue to support the European choice of the Ukrainian people, as well as help implement reforms and establish the principles of democracy and the rule of law in your country".
President of Hungary János Áder states: "We consistently support the citizens of Ukraine in all their efforts on protecting the territorial unity and sovereignty of the state. We attach great importance to achieving a peaceful settlement of the crisis in the east of Ukraine as soon as possible, so that your entire country could begin its progress on the path to unhindered, peaceful development". According to him, the interest of Hungary is a strong and democratic Ukraine as its neighbor. János Áder wished Ukrainians peace and prosperity.
President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović wished Ukrainians security and stability, and noted that Croatia sees and appreciates a significant progress of Ukraine despite numerous challenges, and is ready to share its experience in implementing complex reforms on the European and Euro-Atlantic path.
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades wished Ukraine success, prosperity and peace. "I want to reaffirm the consistent and principled position of my Government with regard to the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as the full support for your Government's efforts in implementing important reforms that will make your country even closer to your European aspirations," he said.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö wished Ukrainians a peaceful and prosperous future. “Finland continues to condemn the violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Together with the international community, we continue the non-recognition policy of the illegally annexed Crimea. Our support to the political association and economic integration of Ukraine to the EU stands firm,” the letter reads.