A summit of the leaders of the Lublin Triangle – the presidents of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania – took place on Dec.20, at the Syniohora residence in the village of Huta, Ivano-Frankivsk region, the Ukrainian president’s official site reported.
The Lublin Triangle was set up in July 2020 by the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania, who signed a joint declaration on the establishment of a new regional alliance. Among the priorities of the format are strengthening the region, strengthening security, Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO, the development of economic cooperation, and joint counteraction to hybrid threats.
The three presidents issued a statement “on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the recognition of the restoration of Ukraine’s independence by the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Lithuania.”
It “acknowledged that the recognition of the restoration of Independence of Ukraine by the Republic of Poland, as the first country in the world, and the Republic of Lithuania 30 years ago became an important milestone on the way to a full-fledged reunification of Europe.”
The statement “underlined that since then the bonds of genuine strategic partnership have successfully stood the test of time and continued to grow stronger. They [the three presidents] reiterated their commitment to further developing strategic partnership between Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland based on shared values and common interests,” and “Confirmed their clear commitment to further expanding their cooperation in a wide range of areas such as security and defense, economy, energy and others, including within the Lublin Triangle format.
The three presidents called upon the international community to step up sanctions on the Russian Federation over its ongoing aggression against Ukraine and once again urged the Kremlin to deescalate the situation by withdrawing its troops from the Ukrainian borders and temporarily occupied territories.
Furthermore, "[The presidents] reiterated their strong commitment to further strengthening the European energy security and in this regard expressed their profound concern over the Nord Stream 2 project that represents a security challenge for the European region," the document said.
The presidents expressed their readiness to work together to oppose the monopolization of the European gas market by Russia, "which is using energy as a geopolitical tool."
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