Vaccination campaigns, strengthening trade and economic cooperation and integration of energy markets into the European Union were the topics of the talks of Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis spoke about this during a meeting on February 24.
Thus, Denys Shmyhal told Gabrielius Landsbergis that Ukraine had launched a campaign to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and stressed that this was currently the only way in the world to overcome the pandemic.
"According to the national immunization plan, we intend to vaccinate a total of almost 22 million people in the current and the following year. We have signed contracts with 6 vaccine manufacturers, 2 of which are already registered in Ukraine. Doctors and the military are the first to be vaccinated. Vaccination is free and voluntary, and we will provide the vaccine to everyone wishing," the Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed.
In turn, Gabrielius Landsbergis noted the readiness of Lithuania to provide Ukraine with the part of vaccines within the initiative of the European Commission for the Eastern Partnership countries.
During the meeting, Denys Shmyhal also noted huge prospects for the dynamic development of trade and economic relations between Ukraine and Lithuania and called for continued joint work in this direction within the Ukrainian-Lithuanian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation.
In addition, the Prime Minister noted that he personally and the President of Ukraine intend to take part in the IV International Ukraine Reform Conference in Vilnius.
"We expect that in the near future the Republic of Lithuania will propose a date for the Conference," the Prime Minister said.
Moreover, the Prime Minister stressed that gaining full membership in the European Union and NATO is a strategic goal of Ukraine.
One of the main goals of Ukraine in the context of European integration, according to the Prime Minister, is the synchronization of the unified energy system of Ukraine with the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) by 2023.
"We have done everything in the technical plane here. We are interested in cooperating with Lithuania in the synchronization of energy systems with ENTSO-E and are ready to move together in this direction," the Prime Minister stressed.
Denys Shmyhal thanked the Lithuanian side for its clear and consistent support of Ukraine on all topical issues, primarily in the countering Russian aggression. The Head of Government reminded about the creation of the Crimean platform, which aims to deoccupy Crimea, and noted that the first Summit is scheduled for August 23 this year.