The 27th anniversary of the establishment of Lithuanian-Ukrainian diplomatic relations marked in the Ministry
On 12 December, marking the 27th anniversary of the establishment of Lithuanian-Ukrainian diplomatic relations Minister Linas Linkevičius opened in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the exhibition of paintings and posters by Ukrainian children dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the statehood of Lithuania. Two new publications featuring the history of Lithuania and Ukraine were presented during the opening of the exhibition.
“We have been creating a solid foundation for our bilateral cooperation for the 27 years of our diplomatic relations; we have various successfully functioning bilateral formats. I wish to assure you that Lithuania is going to continue supporting the fight of Ukrainian people for freedom and independence,” noted the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Alfredas Bumblauskas, Professor at the Faculty of History, Vilnius University, presented two new publications about the shared European history of Lithuania and Ukraine, “On the Crossroads of Cultures” and “The History of Lithuania to All”, in the Ukrainian language.
Arūnas Matelis, Chairman of the Lithuanian Cinematographers’ Union, passed an open letter to the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who is illegally imprisoned in Russia, where he congratulated Oleg Sentsov on having been awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize and expressed Lithuanian cinematographers’ firm support for his fight for the freedom and independence of Ukraine.
Lithuania and Ukraine established their diplomatic relations on 12 December 1991. The 27 years witnessed the building and successful functioning of various formats of bilateral cooperation – the Council of the Presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine, bilateral and trilateral assemblies of parliamentary cooperation, the Lithuanian-Ukrainian Intergovernmental Commission, Lithuania-Ukraine Commission for European Integration, Ukrainian Lithuanian Council of Youth Exchanges, etc. Lithuania has implemented ten Twinning projects in various areas in Ukraine.
On 3 April in Washington, the USA, on the margins of the NATO's 70th anniversary events, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius met with Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivana Klympush-Cincadze and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani.
Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We condemn the ongoing military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that flagrantly violates international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will continue to support Ukraine and coherently implement the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea five years ago.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 30 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine which will be transferred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This contribution is another step in implementing the Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine initiated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that amounts to USD 187 million in 2018, however, has been implemented by only 38 per cent so far.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns illegitimate “voting” conducted by the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” on 11 November that is contrary to norms of international law.
On 1 October, the UNESCO executive team, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, and experts together with diplomats of UNESCO Member States gathered in UNESCO headquarters to discuss the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine) and the city of Sevastopol, illegally occupied by the Russian Federation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 50 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations (UN) migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration. This act is another contribution to the implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The Plan aims at allocations which are expected to reach USD 187 million in 2018.