Presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania have paid special attention to the support of Ukraine's course on the European integration at the Seventh session of the Council of Presidents, as stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
Following the meeting, the Head of State has informed that concrete practical steps had been discussed, including consultative assistance and support within the European Commission.
"Significant attention has been paid to anti-corruption cooperation, issues of economic reforms and the Lithuanian experience in the energy supply diversification. The composition of Ukraine's delegation in these negotiations indicates that we are willing to achieve concrete results," the President noted.
The Head of State informed that Ukraine and Lithuania had reached the agreements on military-technical cooperation. "It is a concrete demonstration of support to Ukraine, which has found itself in a very difficult situation because of the war unleashed by the aggressor in the East of Ukraine," the President said.
The parties have agreed to increase the number of ATO participants to be sent to Lithuania for rehabilitation up to 50.
Also, it was agreed on the participation of Ukrainian officers in the multinational trainings in Lithuania.
The parties have also conducted fruitful negotiations in the sphere of cyber security taking into account the experience of Lithuania.
According to the President, the meeting was very dynamic and operative. President Poroshenko emphasized that Ukrainian-Lithuanian cooperation had a strategic format and expressed gratitude to President Grybauskaitė for a "very clear, firm and consistent position of support to Ukraine" both at bilateral and multilateral levels.
The Heads of State have discussed coordination of actions between the two countries at bilateral level and in the framework of the EU, the UN and the OSCE.
In her turn, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė has stated that Ukraine needed profound reforms in order to get rid of the consequences of despotism, oligarchy and corruption. "We will support you on this difficult path," the President of Lithuania emphasized.
According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, not only society should struggle, but also all political forces should reach consent and realize that they are responsible for the development and reformation of the country and the real anti-corruption struggle."The main battle for you to face is the battle against corruption, not the battle in the military sphere," she said. The President of Lithuania added that it was necessary not only to adopt laws, but also to implement them in practice.
Dalia Grybauskaitė noted that three Lithuanian ministers had arrived to Ukraine with her to establish close cooperation between the ministries of defense, energy and foreign affairs.
She also emphasized the necessity of reforms in the energy sector. Particularly, Lithuania is ready to share the experience in the construction of LNG-terminals and the elimination of dependence from Russian gas supply.