Presidents of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania pledge support for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

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On November 25, State President Egils Levits met together with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Polish President Andrzej Duda in Kaunas, Lithuania to discuss the current European security situation.

During the meeting, the presidents adopted a joint statement on regional security and the European integration process. In the communiqué, the heads of state pledge to work closely together to raise the level of security in the region and improve common defense capabilities.

The presidents welcomed Ukraine's enormous success on the path to integration with the European Union (EU) and the Euro-Atlantic bloc. The leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania assured that they will continue to work resolutely to jointly help Moldova successfully integrate into Europe, and also welcome the achievements of Moldova in that direction.

The statement emphasizes the readiness to work together with Georgia to ensure that the country is granted the status of an EU candidate country after sorting out priority issues indicated in the European Commission's report on country's application.

The presidents announced that Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania will continue to call on NATO countries to provide Ukraine with the necessary political and practical support in order to ensure that Ukraine does not lack the resources necessary to guarantee its sovereignty and territorial indivisibility.

The presidents emphasized their readiness to more actively coordinate the superficial political, military, technical and humanitarian assistance provided to Ukraine in the future. Support is also expressed for the expansion of strategic cooperation with Ukraine, including promoting Ukraine's integration into the Euro-Atlantic bloc, as well as unwavering support for Ukraine's membership in NATO as soon as possible.

Text of joint declaration

Acknowledging existing and potential security threats and challenges to Euro-Atlantic community,
noting Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine,
taking note of the Declarations of NATO Summits in Madrid (2022) and Bucharest (2008),
Acknowledging the importance of Eastern partners to security and stability of the
stressing the common need to counter Russia’s policy of revisionism and attempts to rewrite history,

the Presidents of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania:
agree to coordinate closely their efforts to increase regional security and strengthen defense capabilities,
welcome the significant achievements of Ukraine in advancing on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration,
confirm their commitment to strengthen joint efforts in supporting the European integration of the Republic of Moldova and welcome the progress made by the Republic of Moldova on this path,
underline their readiness to work with Georgia towards granting the status of candidate country once the priorities specified in the Commission’s opinion on Georgia’s membership application have been addressed,
support European Council decisions to accelerate EU enlargement process of Western Balkan countries based on their progress towards implementing accession requirements,
confirm their commitment to strengthen joint efforts in supporting the integration of Ukraine with the Alliance and implementation of NATO standards,
declare that Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania will continue to promote Alliance’s political and practical support to Ukraine aimed at ensuring Ukraine’s ability to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,
express readiness to further strengthen their coordination efforts in providing comprehensive political, military, technical, and humanitarian support to Ukraine,
support upgrading strategic relationship with Ukraine, further advancing Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, and confirming their unwavering support for Ukraine to become NATO Member as soon as conditions allow,
stress the need for further common efforts to shore up the security, stability and resilience of the Republic of Moldova, as an important contribution to increasing regional security,
agree to strengthen cooperation in fighting disinformation and Russia’s attempts to rewrite history and call on the international community to recognize crimes committed by the Stalinist regime, including the Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine.

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