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Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Gitanas Nausėda held a meeting of the Council of Presidents: Ukraine and Lithuania are great friends

18 March 2021 - 16:53

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Gitanas Nausėda held a meeting of the Council of Presidents: Ukraine and Lithuania are great friends

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska welcomed President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and the First Lady of Lithuania Diana Nausėdienė in Kyiv.

A meeting of the Council of Presidents chaired by Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Gitanas Nausėda was held.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke in detail about the reforms being implemented in Ukraine, focusing on land reform, which will boost the Ukrainian economy and establish fair market relations in the agricultural sector. Gitanas Nausėda stressed that Lithuania will always support Ukraine on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.

The President of Lithuania noted the important role of Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the implementation of reforms and welcomed the efforts to reform Ukraine's defense sector.

The parties discussed the situation in Donbas. The President of Ukraine spoke about the full and comprehensive ceasefire, noting that the number of violations has increased recently. According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the issue of humanitarian access of the OSCE and ICRC missions to the inhabitants of the occupied territories is very important.

"The issue of Donbas is not only the cessation of the war, but also the deoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories," the President of Ukraine said.

Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov stressed that Ukraine has fulfilled all the agreements reached at the summit of the leaders of the "Normandy Four" in Paris, and noted that it is important to work out a plan for reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba thanked the presidents for their real leadership in strengthening the Ukrainian-Lithuanian dialogue, which today corresponds to the content and spirit of the strategic partnership. Dmytro Kuleba noted that on the initiative of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, next year was declared the year of Ukraine in the EU.

The participants of the meeting stressed the importance of returning to the issue of providing Ukraine with a NATO Membership Action Plan. In addition, the issue of cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and combating hybrid threats was raised.

Representatives of the Ukrainian party stressed that the ultimate goal of the Crimean platform should be the deoccupation of Crimea. Support for this initiative from other countries is growing day by day.

Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy spoke about the implementation of one of the most ambitious projects - "Large Construction". He called on Lithuanian companies to join public-private construction projects in Ukraine.

He thanked Lithuania for supporting the Open Skies Agreement, which Ukraine plans to sign in July.

The parties also discuss the issue of expanding cooperation in the energy sector. The Lithuanian party reaffirmed its commitment to oppose the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project and expressed support for Ukraine in this matter.

Acting Energy Minister Yuriy Vitrenko noted that Ukraine would like to be less dependent on electricity imports and increase its exports.

Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko thanked Lithuania for supporting Ukraine in the international arena. He spoke about the "Large Restoration" project, which could become a driver for tourism development. The Minister also reminded of the document signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Ukraine’s accession to European tourist routes, which provides new opportunities for the development of the tourism industry and cultural ties. Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited Gitanas Nausėda to take part in the events marking the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.

"Without a doubt, Ukraine and Lithuania are great friends," the President of Ukraine stressed.

The first ladies of Ukraine and Lithuania are also having a meeting. Olena Zelenska got Diana Nausėdienė acquainted with the cultural heritage of Ukraine, in particular with the works of Ukrainian artists. The first ladies visited the National Art Museum of Ukraine. It presents the works of Ukrainian avant-garde artist of the early XX century Alexander Bogomazov, which are to be presented at an exhibition at the Lithuanian National Art Museum this year.