2019.09.02 09:57

Vilnius offers 'even more Lithuanian reformers' to Ukraine's Zelensky

BNS 2019.09.02 09:57

Lithuania offered to send more reformers during a meeting between President Gitanas Nausėda and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Warsaw on Sunday, adviser to Lithuanian president told BNS.

“We said that we were ready to offer even more Lithuanian reformers, if they wanted,” Asta Skaisgirytė, an adviser to the Lithuanian president, said by phone from Warsaw.

“Zelensky told me about the new government that had been working for three days. They are determined to continue European integration and carry out reforms,” she added.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda had a 40-minute meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky was assured that the new government in Kyiv, which was appointed last Thursday, would continue European integration and reforms.

Two Lithuanians currently have high-ranking positions in Ukraine. Ukraine's former Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavičius was appointed managing director of the state-run defence industry company Ukroboronprom. Lithuania's former Vice Minister of Economy Adomas Audickas is the Ukraine government's adviser on the management of state enterprises.

According to Skaisgirytė, the Ukrainian president asked Lithuania for its support in the negotiations on EU funding to Ukraine and free roaming.

Nausėda, on his part, called on Ukraine to cooperate with Georgia and Moldova on its path of European integration, and also expressed Lithuania's concern about the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, she said.

Skaisgirytė also said that Nausėda was briefed about the situation around the exchange of prisoners with Russia and the planned meeting of the Ukrainian, Russia, German and French leaders to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine.

“There's been no exchange of prisoners yet, everything is in the process. They hope it will be done. Everything is happening these days,” Skaisgirytė told BNS. “Ukraine hopes that a Normandy-format meeting at the presidential level might take place in September.”

The Lithuanian and Ukrainian presidents attended the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII in Warsaw on Sunday.

According to Skaisgirytė, the bilateral presidential meeting lasted about 40 minutes.