Ukraine's vice premier, Lithuania's FM discuss security situation in Crimea, Donbas

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
25 February 2021, 17:01
Canan Kevser
25 February 2021, 17:01

Vice Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis discussed the security situation in occupied territories Crimea and Donbas.

The issue of the Russian-occupied Crimea was discussed separately, according to the press service of the Reintegration Ministry.

Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister expressed hope for Lithuania's active participation in the international summit on the de-occupation of Crimea within the framework of the Crimean Platform scheduled to held in Kyiv on August 2021.

Oleksiy Reznikov told Gabrielius Landsbergis about Ukraine's steps within the framework of the Minsk agreements,

"Ukraine is fulfilling all the points within the framework of the agreements, but I have to say that now we are seeing signs of escalation. Ukrainian soldiers are dying again. Russia is constantly blocking consultations within the Trilateral Contact Group, including because of the aggravation of the situation at the front," Reznikov said.

Reznikov expressed hope for Lithuania's continued support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and support for maintaining sanctions against Russia. The parties also discussed the development of frontline territories.

The deputy prime minister also spoke about the steps taken by the Ukrainian authorities in relation to the government-controlled territories, in particular, the Strategy for Economic Development of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions. The strategy’s key goal is to ensure sustainable community development through investment.

The parties also discussed bilateral relations, cooperation within the Three Seas Initiative and the Lublin Triangle, which is an important element in the development and strengthening of Central Europe, and the strengthening of Ukraine as a full-fledged member of the European and Euro-Atlantic communities.