2019.07.08 13:58

Polish and Lithuanian lawmakers call for more cooperation, open joint exhibition in Vilnius

BNS 2019.07.08 13:58

Seimas speaker Viktoras Pranckietis and Marshal of the Polish Sejm Marek Kuchcinskis commemorated the 450th anniversary of the Lithuanian-Polish commonwealth by opening an exhibition in Vilnius.

During the 'Lublin – City of the Union of Lithuania and Poland' exhibition opening at the Palace of the Grand Dukes in Vilnius, Pranckietis stressed the importance of cooperation between the two countries.

"Under difficult circumstances 450 years ago, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish Kingdom forged a union, which was an unprecedented state entity."

Stressing the need for more bilateral cooperation, Pranckieits said that when "acting together, we can achieve much more [...] and be successful and safe".

Meanwhile, Kuchcinski said that European Union and NATO are a certain heritage of the Union of Lublin.

The exposition will include some 60 artworks from 17-20th centuries on the city of Lublin, including a 150-year-old painting by a famous Polish artist Jan Matejko.

On July 1, 1569, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Poland established the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which covered the present-day territory of Belarus and Ukraine, but collapsed in late 18th century.