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President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President after the Lublin Triangle summit: We will stand with Ukraine until victory!

President of the Republic of Lithuania

Januray 11, 2023

President Gitanas NausÄ—da met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and President Andrzej Duda of Poland in Lviv on Wednesday. The second Lublin Triangle summit reaffirmed the importance of the centuries-long strategic partnership between Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine and the unwavering commitment of Lithuania and Poland to provide Ukraine with all assistance to defend itself against Russian military aggression.

"Lithuania and Poland have confirmed their determination to continue providing military, political, diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian support to Ukraine. The war in Ukraine is our war - the war of the free world against a dictator. We will stand with Ukraine until victory as long as it takes," the President said.

Gitanas NausÄ—da underlined that Lithuania was not only one of the biggest supporters of Ukraine in terms of per capita aid but also an effective contributor to Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration through diplomatic channels and by rallying international support.

"Last year, in just four months, we succeeded in mobilizing the European Union countries to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine. In the run-up to the NATO summit in Vilnius, we agreed with President Zelenskyy and President Duda to focus our efforts on advancing further Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations. Membership in the European Union and NATO are national strategic objectives, enshrined in Ukraine's constitution which Ukrainians today defend with arms in hand. It is therefore our duty to do everything possible to help them," the President said.

The Presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine signed a joint declaration providing for further trilateral consultations to strengthen Ukraine's security. The leaders welcomed Ukraine's marked progress on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration, especially its rapid advance towards interoperability with NATO. Lithuania and Poland support Ukraine's membership in NATO and seek consensus among NATO allies.

The Lublin Triangle is a political, economic and cultural cooperation initiative launched by Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine in 2020 to enhance regional cooperation. The first summit took place in December of 2021. The three presidents met again in Kyiv on the very eve of the Russian military invasion on 23 February 2022.

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