Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine
On 28 July, Foreign Ministers of Poland – Jacek Czaputowicz, Lithuania – Linas Linkevičius, and Ukraine – Dmytro Kuleba held in Lublin trilateral talks on cooperation within the EU and NATO as well as challenges posed by Russia’s activity in the region.
The ministers adopted a joint declaration in which they pointed to the benefits of strengthening political, economic, scientific, and cultural ties between Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. They also stressed the importance of parliamentary as well as security cooperation and highlighted the significance of people-to-people contacts and civil society. During the meeting, the Lublin Triangle was established – a permanent platform of trilateral cooperation, devised to hold regular meetings of foreign ministers, MFA officials, and representatives of other Polish, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian institutions.
The ministers laid a wreath at the monument to the Union of Lublin and visited the headquarters of the LITPOLUKRBIRG multinational brigade. Minister Jacek Czaputowicz underlined that the joint military unit’s training activities undertaken to date are a good example of successful military cooperation between NATO and associated states as regards building military security in Europe. The brigade’s joint actions help strengthen combat capabilities of the Ukrainian army and are an important contribution to building Ukraine’s defence system in the context of Russia’s military aggression in the east and south of Ukraine.
LITPOLUKRBRIG is a multinational unit with capabilities of a general military brigade, designed for conducting independent military operations in accordance with international law or participating in such actions. It is composed of the three countries’ special military units selected from the 21st Podhale Rifleman Brigade (PL), the 80th Airborne Assault Brigade (UA), and the Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion (LT).
Since 2016, LITPOLUKRBRIG has been an important element of NATO actions aimed at implementing NATO standards in Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The brigade’s main activities include training Ukrainian officers and military units in these standards, planning and conducting operational tasks, and maintaining operational readiness.
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MaterialsJoint Declaration PL UA LT
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