Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Lithuania

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Political relations between Ukraine and Lithuania

August 26, 1991 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the independence of Lithuania.

December 4, 1991
Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania recognized the independence of Ukraine.

December 12, 1991 
Diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania established.

August 1992
Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine opened.

August 1993
Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Lithuania opened.

 

High-level political dialogue

During 2014 President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė made two working visits to Ukraine (on June 6 and November 24). President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė chaired the 7th meeting of the Council of Presidents which resulted in signing the Roadmap for development of strategic partnership for 2015-2016.

The dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministries

During 2014 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conducted four working meetings (on June 25, August 22, November 24 and December 4) which were aimed at discussing the topical issues of bilateral coopearation.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation

In the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and in the Seimas of Lithuania traditionally operated (a) the Interparliamentary Friendship Group, (b) the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Seimas of Lithuania and (c) the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Sejm and Senate of Poland and Seimas of Lithuania.

Interparliamentary Assembly of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania was established in September 2003. The first meeting was held on September 30, 2003 in Kyiv. There are four standing committees functioning in Assembly, namely foreign policy, legal, economic, environment protection and nuclear safety committees.

The constituent meeting of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and Sejm and Senate of Poland was held on June 16, 2008 in Kyiv. The latest (sixth) meeting of the Assembly was held on March 17, 2014 in Kyiv.

In December 2012, the newly elected Seimas of Lithuania approved the composition of the Group of interparliamentary relations with Ukraine, which currently consists of 70 members of parliament and is the largest parliamentary friendship group in Seimas.

Bilateral high-level bodies - Bilateral Commissions

- The Council of the Presidents of Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania

The Statute of the Council of Presidents was signed during the official visit of President of Ukraine to Lithuania in October 2002. Since the establishment of the format were held seven meetings of the Council (on November 2006, May 2008, November 2009, October 2010, November 2011, February 2013, and November 2014).

-  The Council of Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania

The first meeting of the ministerial council was held in June 2010 during the official visit of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to Lithuania. In July 2011 was held the second  meeting (Vilnius), and in June 2013 – the third meeting (Kyiv).

-  The Permanent Ukrainian-Lithuanian Commission on European Integration was established in February 2004 in Vilnius to coordinate the two countries' efforts in promoting strategic objectives of Ukraine in the eurointegration sphere. The latest (tenth) meeting of the Commission was held on May 16, 2014 in Kiev;

-  The Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Lithuanian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was established in November 1996 to review current issues and develop recommendations needed for further development and deepening of bilateral relations in economy, trade and science. The latest (fifteenth) meeting of the Commission was held on May 13, 2013 in Vilnius.