Ukraine and Lithuania are commending the growth of bilateral trade, the volume of which exceeded USD 1 billion and stepping up the logistics capabilities of the both countries. This was announced in the course of a meeting between Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis. The talks took place in Kyiv as part of the Head of the Lithuanian Government visit to Ukraine.
Volodymyr Groysman praised the level of cooperation between Kyiv and Vilnius and stressed meetings, including at the level of Prime Ministers, have become a good tradition in relations between the two states.
"I want to emphasize the importance of our relations. They are at a high productive level", the Head of the Ukrainian government stressed.
"I am happy to be here and to show that Lithuania supports Ukraine on the way to European integration, solving security problems and reforms", Prime Minister of Lithuania stated.
Volodymyr Groysman commended an active stand of Lithuania on advancing the idea of the European Investment Plan for Ukraine on various international platforms, drew attention to the high dynamics of trade and economic cooperation and significant prospects for increasing volumes of freight traffic between the Black Sea and Baltic Sea ports, including the container train Viking.
During the talks the parties touched upon the situation in Donbas and the need for a peacekeeping mission in the region. Prime Minister of Lithuania visited Avdiivka as a part of the visit to Ukraine and underlined the necessity to extend the sanctions against Russia.
"Words cannot express how it’s hard to see and react to what is happening in Europe in the 21st century - this is important", Saulius Skvernelis noted.
Apart from that, the interlocutors tackled the situation around the Russian project Nord Stream -2 and agreed on the need to counteract the realization of this dangerous, particularly in terms of political situation, initiative.
On the outcomes of 2017, the volume of bilateral trade between Ukraine and Lithuania has increased by 23.4% and amounted to USD 1.054 billion. Since the beginning of Russia's aggression, the Ukrainian export to Lithuania not only did not decrease, but also significantly increased by 44.9% according to the results of 2017.