On 6-7 July, the 3rd meeting of the Lublin Triangle foreign ministers was in Vilnius.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, the host of the face-to face meeting, and his counterparts Zbigniew Rau (Poland) and Dmytro Kuleba (Ukraine), had the opportunity to discuss various aspects of closer trilateral cooperation as well as other issues, including the crisis in Belarus.
“We can see how Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime uses illegal migration to increase pressure on us. We should not give up. However, a strong and united response from our partners to counter these hybrid warfare activities is also important,” the MFA press service quotes Landsbergis.
According to him, the Minsk regime is increasingly isolating itself by, among others, the regime’s withdrawal from the Eastern Partnership initiative and waging a diplomatic war against the EU member states.
Today, on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May 1791 and Mutual Pledge of 20 October 1791, the ministers have signed the Declaration of joint European heritage and common values and the Road Map for cooperation between Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine within the Lublin Triangle.
“We do realise that we share the common heritage of the First Commonwealth <…> – freedom, sovereignty of the people and the separation of powers, as well as the belief that power comes from the people. We believe that this tradition unites us now,” Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau stressed.
There are currently many threats to those values and heritage, which encourages the three countries to act together, the top diplomat added.
The ministers exchanged views on the situation in Belarus and agreed that the Lublin Triangle would continue to support the Belarusian people in their just aspiration to live in a free democratic country where human rights are protected.
In his video message, Dmytro Kuleba suggested Belarusian civil society be involved in the activities of the Lublin Triangle.
“We are going to use our best efforts to bring closer the moment of Belarus’ opting for the Lublin Triangle instead of the Russian World,” he said.
The Lublin Triangle is a regional cooperation initiative of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine; its goals are strengthening military, cultural, and economic cooperation as well as supporting Ukraine’s integration into the European Union and the NATO.