The foreign policy strategy of the Government of Ukraine is to restore the territorial integrity and integrate into the European Union as a democratically and economically developed country. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman made this statement during a meeting with President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Juknevičienė. Ms Juknevičienė is a well-known Lithuanian politician and in 1990 she was among those who signed the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania. In September of this year, she took up the position of NATO PA President and made one of her first visits to Kyiv.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman congratulated Rasa Juknevičienė on her appointment and he stressed that the systemic movement toward rapprochement with the European Union and the Euro-Atlantic Alliance is an area of focus for the Government. However, Ukraine has to defend this aspiration with arms.
"The path towards Europe and the Euro-Atlantic Alliance is our priority. Ukraine is a part of the civilized European world. Now we defend this right with arms, and we are fighting against the Russian aggression. Our primary task is to achieve peace, restore Ukrainian borders and territorial integrity. Ukraine should integrate into the European Union as a democratically strong, economically advanced and successful state", the Prime Minister stressed.
"Ukraine is one of the core issues on the agenda of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which is interesting institution because it brings together delegations from different countries," President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly noted. "Integration into NATO is not only a matter of defense, because 5 committees of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly are covering different areas, inter alia economic ones".
The Head of Government stressed that Ukraine is pursuing significant structural reforms, spending a considerable resource on the arsenal.
"But we, acting in synergy with the Western world, need new shared tools, new opportunities and strategies to combat aggression", the Prime Minister said.
The President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Rasa Juknevičienė agreed Ukraine needs an intensified support, as it is actually experiencing the time of renewal and establishment, and expressed the opinion that Lithuania could pay additional attention to the Ukrainian issue in the framework of its membership in the EU governing bodies.
Ukraine has been represented in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) since 1992, and more recently, contacts with the PA have increased significantly. The NATO PA leadership demonstrates its readiness to deepen cooperation and expand engagement with parliamentarians from NATO candidate countries. Ukraine's course on rapprochement with NATO is enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine.