Apr 8, 2021
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Lithuania promises to help Ukraine on the way to the EU and NATO

The Lithuanian President promised Kiev to join the European Union “in the next 30 years.”

During his visit to Kiev, the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda at a meeting with the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky promised support from Vilnius as soon as Ukraine applies for EU membership. Moreover, this commitment was documented. And Kiev wants to receive the same obligations from other countries – members of the European Union.

“This means that we will be Ukraine’s advocates on all issues related to Ukraine’s European aspirations and Ukraine’s future application for EU membership. This declaration is important for me personally, because I feel like a friend of Ukraine and wanted Ukrainians to know: we understand well the aspirations of the Ukrainian people ”,

– said Nauseda in an interview with Ukrainian journalists two weeks after his visit to Kiev.

However, today the President of Lithuania cannot claim that Ukraine will become a member of the European Union in the coming years. In his opinion, this will surely happen in the next 30 years.

He recalled that at one time Lithuania needed 14 years of waiting before becoming a full-fledged member of the European Union, and it should be taken into account, Nauseda stressed, that at that time Lithuania was more successful than Ukraine today.

The President advised Kiev to carry out reforms as soon as possible, because soon the Council of Europe will be chaired by Poland (2025), Lithuania (2027) and Latvia (2028). These countries will certainly make every effort to ensure that Ukraine can get at least the prospect of EU membership, because it is too early to talk about joining the EU in 2028, Nauseda is sure.

“When we get the leverage of the EU presidency, it can help a lot. We use all the tools that our future EU presidency will give to help our Ukrainian friends achieve the strategic goal of membership ”,

– promised the Lithuanian president, stressing that getting a perspective is more important than the final achievement of the goal.

However, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis proved to be a more resolute “advocate” of Ukraine – he announced his intention to apply to NATO with a letter demanding the immediate submission of the Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Kiev.

“We must address our colleagues with a letter to once again consider the possibility of granting MAP to Ukraine. I am convinced that NATO could repeat its proposal to provide an action plan for Ukraine’s membership, and we have just begun to coordinate this issue with our colleagues from the Baltic states, ”

– said Landsbergis at a press conference following a meeting with the Spanish Foreign Minister Aranchei Gonzalez Laie Wednesday, April 7th.

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