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Joint statement of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both states
12 December 2016 14:37

Twenty-five years have passed since the historical date when independent and sovereign Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania established diplomatic relations, opening a new period of cooperation between our friendly nations who share deep historical roots and have successfully used the opportunities and passed the challenges of different times.

A quarter century of intergovernmental relations, which has passed since the opening of diplomatic missions in Kyiv in 1992 and in Vilnius in 1993, was filled with not only traditional elements of interstate communication – conducting numerous visits at various levels, expansion of the bilateral legal base of cooperation – but also with the establishment of new forms and instruments of economic cooperation, strengthening ties between regions and twin-cities, active cooperation in the fields of culture and arts, education and science, health and sports. A special input to the strengthening of the Ukrainian-Lithuanian relations was made by both the Ukrainians living in Lithuania and the Lithuanians living in Ukraine.

Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania have officially gained the level of strategic partnership. Our states have been demonstrating a permanently high dynamics of political dialogue, effective practical interaction in political, economic, scientific, technical, cultural, and humanitarian spheres, active cooperation on the issues of implementing the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, and Ukraine’s course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Our states strongly condemn the temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol – by the Russian Federation and its aggression in Donbas. We call on the international community to continue active political, diplomatic and other efforts for restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity in its internationally recognized borders in the interest of stability and security of the entire Europe.

Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania are demonstrating strong intention to further strengthen their strategic partnership on the basis of mutual trust and respect, openness and comprehensive cooperation for the benefit of the nations of both states.

Україна та Литовська Республіка демонструють рішучу налаштованість надалі зміцнювати їх стратегічне партнерство на засадах взаємної довіри та поваги, відкритості та всебічного співробітництва на благо народів обох держав.

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