President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, who arrived in our country on a visit.
Congratulating Ukraine's friends and partners, Zelenskyy noted the importance of their visit today – on the Constitution Day of our state.
"Such a meeting is an obvious signal of support for our freedom and our Europe, our desire to live freely and according to the law. I want to thank you, Gitanas. Very grateful for everything. I thank you Andrzej. I thank the nations and states, Lithuania and Poland, for the crucial daily support of Ukraine – defense, political, economic, and humanitarian," the Head of State said, addressing the leaders of Lithuania and Poland during a joint meeting with media representatives following the negotiations in Kyiv.
Separately, Zelenskyy thanked Lithuania for its strong decision to buy two NASAMS air defense systems to transfer them to Ukraine.
"This is really necessary for us, our people – Ukrainian men and women," he said.
At the meeting, the leaders of the three countries discussed the entire range of current security issues. Zelenskyy briefed his colleagues on the active actions of the Ukrainian troops at the front, which make it possible to liberate our land step by step.
The parties discussed preparations for the NATO summit in Vilnius.
"There is a real opportunity to make the decisions of the Summit really necessary for the whole of Europe. It depends only on whether these decisions will be in the interests of the real strength of the Alliance, that is, aimed at inviting Ukraine to NATO," the President of Ukraine said.
Attention was also paid to Ukraine's European integration. Zelenskyy said that our state expects to start negotiations on EU membership already this year and thanked partners for their support.
"Of course, we talked about the Peace Formula and our preparation for the Global Peace Summit, which will unite different states for the sake of one goal – the real overcoming of Russian aggression. Russia will lose this war, no one in Europe doubts that. And we will achieve peace and real long-term security for our nations. Together, in unity, strengthening each other, strengthening our Alliances, in particular NATO, strengthening the European Union and our common European way of life," the Ukrainian Head of State said.
On the occasion of Constitution Day, the President of Ukraine once again thanked friends and partners – Lithuania, Poland, as well as their nations, who provided shelter to Ukrainians from the first days of the full-scale Russian invasion.
For his part, President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda congratulated Zelenskyy and the entire Ukrainian people on Constitution Day and said that his visit today with the President of Lithuania proves once again that Ukraine is sovereign, independent, proud, free, and will remain so because it will win the war with the Russian aggressor. He expressed hope that the war would end with Ukraine returning all its territories within internationally recognized borders.
Duda named the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine on the way to full membership in the North Atlantic Alliance among the most important tasks of the Vilnius Summit.
"We are deeply convinced that Ukraine's security is the security of all of us. These are our common interests – to make NATO as strong as possible in our part of Europe. And very shortly – for Ukraine to become a full member of the Alliance, one of the armies of the Alliance, to which Article 5 of the NATO Charter applies," he said.
The President of Poland also assured support for our country's aspirations to become a full member of the European Union.
The leader of the Republic of Lithuania said that his country supports Ukraine's membership in NATO, and the upcoming summit in Vilnius should speed up our country's entry into the Alliance.
Nausėda also expressed hope that the Ukrainian state will start negotiations on joining the European Union already this year.
The President of Lithuania said that he admires the strength of the spirit of Ukrainians, showing the determined desire of our people to defeat the enemy.
Nausėda said that soon two NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system launchers, which his country purchased to defend the Ukrainian sky, would arrive in Ukraine.
"We must support Ukraine as much as necessary on the way to victory. This is the decision of our state and our people. Lithuania will provide arms to Ukraine and participate in the recovery. People who were forced to leave Ukraine because of the war will feel very good in Lithuania," the leader of the Republic of Lithuania said.