Prime Minister: Lithuania will be Ukraine’s best advocate in its negotiations towards the EU and NATO


2017 06 12


Earlier today, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv. The officials have taken the opportunity to welcome the granted visa-free regime for Ukraine and discuss further cooperation opportunities.

“We are happy for Ukraine and very much excited to have welcomed yesterday the first official visa-free passengers. We are privileged that you have chosen our country for your first visa-free visit“, said Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

The Head of Government has confirmed Lithuania’s continued strong support to Ukraine, its independence and territorial integrity, while expressing its resolve to never recognize the illegal occupation and annexation of the Crimea.

Prime Minister Skvernelis has thanked the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for the warm reception back on 6 April, during the Kiev security forum, where the visa-free regime decision was announced. According to the Prime Minister, the year 2017 has already gone down in history as regards the Ukraine-EU relations, since it has also seen the successful ratification of the Association Agreement providing for a comprehensive free trade area.

“Over the last three years, Ukraine has made impressive progress in implementing reforms. We welcome Ukraine’s economic recovery and encourage it to continue the reforms. It is necessary to take measures so that the Ukrainian people and the Western partners would have no doubts about the rightfulness of your chosen path. I would like to assure you that Lithuania will be the best Ukraine’s advocate in its negotiations towards the EU and NATO”, said Saulius Skvernelis.

Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Kubiv has said that he is grateful to the fate for the possibility to visit his home – the European Community. He has also thanked the Lithuanian people for their support to Maidan and the ideals of the revolution, which, among other things, includes a visa-free regime. “These are new opportunities for Ukraine received primarily because of your efforts. New ways of cooperation have opened up. One of them is in the field of energy”, said Stepan Kubiv.

He has pointed out the successful development of the two countries in scientific communication. Stepan. Kubiv has noted that policy tends to change over the years, while the culture and identity are eternal. The Vice Prime Minister once again has expressed appreciation to Lithuania for its support and medical assistance to the injured Maidan participants as well as the Ukrainian soldiers.

Finally, the interlocutors have agreed to strengthen the bilateral Lithuanian-Ukrainian business contacts in the light of the visa-free regime.