Zelensky, Nauseda to discuss Ukraine's relations with EU, NATO peace talks in Vilnius

  • 2019-11-27
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian and Ukrainian President Gitanas Nauseda and Volodymyr Zelensky are set to discuss Ukraine's relations with the European NATP and NATO and the upcoming talks on peace in the east of the country in Vilnius on Wednesday.

The two leaders will also touch upon bilateral relations, security matters and the ongoing reforms in Ukraine.

"Our goal is to hear from President Zelensky what his further course will be," Asta Skaisgiryte, chief adviser on foreign policy issues to Nauseda, told the Ziniu Radijas news radio on the eve of Zelensky's visit.

Lithuania is one of the most active supporters of Ukraine in the international community and is providing the country with humanitarian and military assistance as well is also helping Ukraine to reform certain areas of it public sector.

Vilnius will also host the Ukraine Reform Conference in Vilnius in July, aimed at pooling the international community's efforts to support Kiev.

While in Vilnius, Zelensky will visit several government institutions, take part in a Lithuanian-Ukrainian business forum, pay a visit to Antakalnis Cemetery to honor the memory of Lithuanian freedom fighters, and will also lay flowers at a monument to Ukrainian artist Taras Sevchenko.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine between the government forces and Russia-supported separatists has already cost over 13,000 lives.

The Ukrainian, Russia, French and German leaders are set to meet in Paris on Dec 9 for Donbas peace talks.