On October 5 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba took part in the Lublin Triangle meeting together with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Mantas Adomėnas in the format of a roundtable discussion within the framework of the Warsaw Security Forum.
“For decades the international agenda has been shaped by major international organisations and alliances. The OSCE, the Council of Europe, NATO, the EU and the UN structured the world order. Today, primarily due to Russia's aggressive actions, it is increasingly difficult for the big alliances to maintain international peace and security. Therefore, flexible regional formats, such as the Lublin Triangle, are gaining greater importance,” Dmytro Kuleba underscored.
The Minister pointed out that the Lublin Triangle is a vivid example of a new trend in international politics to create such supplementary regional alliances: "This crucial regional format reveals the potential of our three countries, brings us closer together and strengthens the security of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania against the backdrop of increasing challenges in the region”.
The parties discussed the ways to strengthen regional security, in particular energy security, as well as joint efforts to counter threats of Nord Stream 2, the situation in Belarus and Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The parties also focused on the joint efforts to counteract disinformation.
“Back in the day, the Weimar Triangle helped Poland return to European politics. Today, the Lublin Triangle returns Ukraine to Central Europe - the region it has always historically belonged to," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister stated.
Dmytro Kuleba emphasized that the Lublin Triangle, which is enshrined in the recently approved Foreign Policy Strategy of Ukraine, is one of the important new international cooperation formats of our country. Along with the Associated Trio, the Quadriga and the Crimea Platform, the new formats reflect Ukraine's new proactive foreign policy and are aimed at creating a space of security and prosperity for Ukraine and the region between the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea.
Background: On 28 July 2020 in Lublin, Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania established the Lublin Triangle - a new format for regional cooperation. During the first year of its activity, three meetings of foreign ministers, two meetings of heads of national security agencies, three meetings of Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian parliamentarians were held. The Lublin Triangle Youth Forum operates successfully as well.
On July 6, 2021, in Vilnius, the foreign ministers of the three countries signed a Joint Declaration on European Heritage, the Lublin Triangle Roadmap for Cooperation and the Plan to Counter Disinformation.