Warsaw Security Forum: Prime Ministers of Lithuania and Poland pledge continued support to Ukraine


2022 10 05


On Tuesday, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the opening discussion of the annual Warsaw Security Forum in Poland, where they looked at the lessons learnt by Europe from Russia’s war in Ukraine, Western response to Russia’s aggression and energy blackmail, and the role of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in helping Ukrainians to defend themselves and gain victory. This was followed by a bilateral meeting between the two Prime Ministers.

‘The countries in our region have always known that Russia is a real threat, that it does not need a reason to show aggression and that it can use energy, food supply, etc to exercise geopolitical blackmail. We have also known that Russia’s appeasement could help achieve but a temporary ceasefire, never a sustainable peace however’, said Šimonytė at the panel discussion on Central and Eastern Europe’s support for Ukraine.

According to the Prime Minister, in the beginning of the military invasion of Ukraine, the transatlantic unity gave an unexpected blow to Vladimir Putin, as he was counting on a passive reaction from the West, limited to mere condemnations. Instead, he had to deal with immediate and principled stance. We must therefore stay united and step up our efforts in helping Ukraine to defend itself and win the war as early as possible.

At their bilateral meeting, Prime Ministers Šimonytė and Morawiecki discussed further support to Ukraine and agreed on the need to tighten sanctions against Russia and to see to their effective application.

‘Lithuania and Poland will continue to provide a firm backing for Ukraine until the war is won’, said Prime Minister Šimonytė.

Energy and preparations for the upcoming winter season were also on the agenda.

The annual Forum in Warsaw is among Europe’s most important security conferences focusing on a single response to security challenges, particularly on the part of Central and Eastern Europe.