Prime Minister: we must prevent falsification of history together with Poland

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2020 01 16

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz and has discussed development of bilateral relations, cooperation in the field of defence, implementation of infrastructure and energy projects and other matters of importance. 

“We highly appreciate that President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the ceremony of the state funeral of the commanders of the 1863-1864 Uprising. I am convinced that the joint ceremony has consolidated the spirit of unity and strengthened our shared historical memory. Both states have designated 2020 as the year of Saint John Paul II. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union as a consequence of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. World War II, having ended 75 years ago, did not mean liberation for us. We fully understand Poland’s indignation about the way Russia’s top leaders interpret history. Falsification of history is absolutely unacceptable. I fully support Prime Minister of Poland Morawiecki’s statement of December 29”, said Prime Minister Skvernelis.                      

According to Skvernelis, the strong voice of Poland and Lithuania is required to preserve remembrance. The European Parliament Resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe is an excellent example of cooperation.    

It should be noted that Poland’s support is highly significant to Lithuania in giving a response to Russia for its prosecution of lawyers and prosecutors involved in the case of January 13, which is an external interference into the application of the principle of the rule of law in the European Union. 

It has been stressed that Lithuania and Poland closely cooperate on the EU policy matters: there is a common position on the next financial framework, Brexit, Eastern policy, regional security and the Mobility Package. Lithuania supports the dialogue between Poland and the European Commission on the rule of law.  

Lithuania appreciates Poland’s consistent support for the synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity grid with the continental European network, as well as Poland’s strong and consistent position on not buying electricity from the unsafe NPP in Astravyets. Talks are going on with Belarus, but the key EU stress test recommendations must be implemented before the NPP is launched into operation.

The importance of the construction of the Harmony Link interconnector and the project for the implementation of the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania was emphasized. Lithuania is open to cooperation with Poland on diversification of supply of Belarusian energy sources.

The Lithuanian Prime Minister has welcomed the good cooperation between AB Orlen Lietuva and Lithuanian Railways and emphasized that the Rail Baltica and Via Baltica project will contribute to more active cooperation. Lithuania supports Poland’s initiative to expand the Via Carpatia project, which fully corresponds to the TEN-T network in Lithuania and is one of the main transit arteries.

Prime Minister Skvernelis emphasized that Lithuania supports the Three Seas Initiative to better connect the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Sea regions by expanding cooperation among the countries of the region in the fields of energy, transport infrastructure and digitisation.  

On security challenges, it has been noted that NATO remains the guarantor of security of both countries. The deployment of US forces in Europe is vital to common security. Lithuania welcomes the agreement to strengthen the US military presence in Poland and thanks Poland for its efforts to strengthen security in the Baltic region.