During his working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk met with the Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte.
The parties discussed the continuation of military support and Ukraine’s future membership in NATO.
First of all, the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine thanked Lithuania for the humanitarian, financial and military assistance provided, expressing hope for its continuation.
“We are aware that Ukraine cannot become a NATO member during the war. But in July, at the Vilnius summit, we expect to receive a clear signal, a decision to invite Ukraine to become a member of the Alliance,” said Ruslan Stefanchuk, calling on Lithuania to continue supporting Ukraine on this path.
“The role of parliaments in this is very important,” the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine stressed, noting that the Lithuanian Parliament was the first in the world to adopt a resolution in support of Ukraine’s path to NATO. Subsequently, this decision was adopted by the parliaments of Poland, Estonia, the Czech Republic and today – Latvia.
“We ask you to continue to be such advocates of Ukraine by providing us with assistance, because this is a very important time for Ukraine,” said Ruslan Stefanchuk, noting that “Ukraine is brave not only because it is fighting for its land and families, but also because it knows that it will be supported at any time.”
“The issue of Ukraine’s return to the European home is a crucial task,” said the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine, adding that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine had adopted all the necessary legislation to implement the seven recommendations of the European Commission by the end of last year.
Ruslan Stefanchuk also called on the Republic of Lithuania to join the implementation of the peace formula of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine thanked for providing assistance to Ukrainians who had taken refuge in Lithuanian cities from the unprovoked brutal russian war.
For her part, the Prime Minister of Lithuania stressed that her country would do everything in its power to continue supporting Ukraine’s path to the European Union and NATO.