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2019.08.19 10:58

Ukraine's outgoing Rada speaker to pay farewell visit to Lithuania 'to meet with real friends'

Saulius Jakučionis, BNS2019.08.19 10:58

Ukraine's outgoing Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy is set to pay his last visit to Lithuania this week, and is scheduled to attend ex-Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus' conference on foreign policy and security, and will also meet with his counterpart Viktoras Pranckietis.

"It's probably his last visit in this position," said Vaidotas Verba, an adviser to the Seimas speaker. "It will be a rather symbolic visit to meet with real friends."

The speakers will discuss the possibility for a joint response by Central and Eastern European countries to Russia having its voting right restored at the Council of Europe.

The new Rada will be sworn in on August 29, with President Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People party having an absolute majority following a snap election.

Representing ex-President Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity party, Parubyi was re-elected to the parliament but will join the opposition.

Verba said the Lithuanian and Ukrainian parliament speakers will also talk about the continuity of bilateral relations, and ways to ensure EU support for reforms.