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2019.12.09 09:38

Lithuanian president praises Ukraine's ‘leadership and ambition’ ahead of Normandy Four summit

BNS2019.12.09 09:38

On the eve of the so-called Normandy Four summit, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda voiced his strong support to Ukraine and called for backing international pressure on Russia.

The Lithuanian president praised Ukraine for “leadership and ambition” to seek peace in eastern Ukraine, but pointed out that Russia-supported armed groups were still violating the ceasefire.

“As the Normandy Format summit is approaching, we strongly support Ukraine's sovereignty and its territorial integrity. We see Ukraine's leadership and ambition to seek peaceful resolution of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. We hope that the Normandy summit on Monday will contribute to the end of the war in Donbass,” Nausėda said in a comment to BNS.

“Meanwhile, Russia-supported armed groups are constantly violating the ceasefire, and Ukrainian troops continue to die in eastern Ukraine, and civilians are also coming under fire. It is very important to support international pressure on Russia to make sure it meets its commitments under the Minsk Agreements,” the president said.

The Normandy Format summit takes place in Paris on Monday and involves Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The military conflict between the Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatist broke out in 2014 and has already claimed over 13,000 lives.

Russia is currently under Western sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine.