Lithuania–Ukraine relations

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Lithuania-Ukraine relations
Map indicating locations of Lithuania and Ukraine

Lithuania

Ukraine

Lithuania–Ukraine relations are foreign relations between Lithuania and Ukraine. Lithuania has an embassy in Kiev and an honorary consulate in Lviv. Ukraine has an embassy in Vilnius and 3 honorary consulates (in Klaipėda, Šalčininkai and Visaginas).

History[edit]

Between 1569 and 1795 Poland and Lithuania formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth which incorporated much of what is now Ukraine.[1] Before 1918 both countries were part of the Russian empire and until 1991 part of the USSR.

A number of agreements were signed in November 2009 including the mutual recognition of university qualifications and cooperation in preserving cultural heritage; furthermore Lithuania promised assistance to Ukraine with obtaining EU-membership.[2][3]

In 2014, the Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė voiced her support for Ukraine in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis.[4] In January 2015, Lithuania requested a United Nations Security Council meeting due to the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine.[5] Later on, Vytautas Landsbergis declared that he believes the Minsk agreement to be "worse than Munich".[6]

Overview[edit]

There are around 44,000 ethnic Ukrainians living in Lithuania and around 11,000 ethnic Lithuanians living in Ukraine.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine to form brigade for UN, EU and NATO peacekeeping missions, NY Daily News (November 16, 2009)
  2. ^ Ukraine, Lithuania sign series of agreements, Kyiv Post (November 26, 2009)
  3. ^ Lithuania promises assistance on Ukraine's path to EU membership, Kyiv Post (November 26, 2009)
  4. ^ "The Baltic 'Iron Lady': Putin's solitary foe". POLITICO. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Lithuania calls UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine". uatoday.tv. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Vytautas Landsbergis on Minsk agreement: It is worse than Munich". DELFI. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016.

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