Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, together with Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Zbigniew Rau, will hold the first online meeting of the Lublin Triangle.
The foreign ministers will discuss joint steps to counter the challenges and threats facing Central Europe and outline priority areas for cooperation within the Lublin Triangle for 2021.
An invited guest – leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – will take part in the meeting at the initiative of the Ukrainian side.
Background: The Lublin Triangle is a trilateral format of cooperation between Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland, created by the ministers of foreign affairs in July 2020 to recognise the centuries-old historical and cultural ties between the three peoples. The format emphasises the role of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania in the process of forming the modern political, cultural and social realities of Central Europe.
In the constituent declaration, the three countries, in particular, reaffirmed the need to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders, and called on the Russian Federation to end its aggression against Ukraine and the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol and certain districts of Donbas. They also supported Ukraine’s aspirations for EU and NATO membership and provision of Ukraine with a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland also expressed readiness to coordinate their activities at the level of trilateral cooperation and within international organisations in order to ensure compliance with international law.