2019.05.21 15:00

‘Time will show’ if Zelensky is trustworthy president, Grybauskaitė says

Ukraine's new leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, needs the support of both the Ukrainian people and the West, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.

“First, we'd like to wish him strength, ability to learn every day, responsibility and the public's support – for a long time,” she told reporters on Tuesday.

Lithuania's outgoing president, who met with Zelensky following his inauguration in Kyiv on Monday, noted that broad public support was difficult to sustain, adding that the new Ukrainian leader “will have to learn and understand a lot”.

“Therefore, he needs to secure support from both the West and the Ukrainian people, and for long, and we need to help him,” Grybauskaitė said.

When asked if she found Zelensky to be a trustworthy counterpart, the Lithuanian president said “time will show”.

Zelensky, a comedian and TV personality with no political experience, won the April 21 runoff election with more than 70 percent of the vote, defeating the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko.