The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania, Dmytro Kuleba, Jacek Czaputowicz, and Linas Linkevičius, established the Lublin Triangle as a format.
The new tripartite format is based on the traditions and historical ties of the three countries, whose roots go back to many centuries. It is an important mechanism for strengthening Central Europe and promoting Ukraine's European and Euroatlantic integration.
The relevant joint declaration was adopted by the ministers on July 28 in Lublin, Poland.
“The Lublin Triangle emphasizes the important role that Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania play in Central Europe and the world. Our unity can not only strengthen our countries but also effectively counter common threats, guarantee the security and prosperity of our region.
Ukraine is not only trying to join the existing formats of cooperation. Ukraine has enough strength and authority to create new effective formats with partners,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
The participants in the format agreed to coordinate actions to protect international law in the context of Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine both in tripartite coordination and in international organizations: NATO, the UN, the EU, the Council of Europe, and the OSCE.
The development of trade, investment, and infrastructure projects will be one of the important blocks of cooperation within the Lublin Triangle.
Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania have declared that they do not recognize Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and under no circumstances will they recognize it in the future. They called on Russia to withdraw troops from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, including certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The countries of the Lublin Triangle support the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders and call for an end to the Russian aggression against our state. They also support granting Ukraine the status of NATO's enhanced partner and state that granting Ukraine a NATO Membership Action Plan is the next necessary step in this direction.
"The alliance of our three countries is not only rooted in antiquity. Our interaction has the dimension of the Parliamentary Assembly Poland-Lithuania-Ukraine, as well as a joint military unit, the Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian Brigade. The Lublin Triangle is based on this historical, parliamentary, and security foundation,”said Dmytro Kuleba.
The Lublin Triangle emphasizes the importance of the intensifying the cooperation between the European Union, the North Atlantic Alliance, and the Eastern Partnership and pays special attention to the development of the Three Seas Initiative. The countries of the format support Ukraine’s cooperation with the Three Seas and other regional formats of cooperation.
In order to achieve these goals, the ministers of the three countries create a platform for political, economic and social cooperation between the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine - the Lublin Triangle. It includes, in particular, regular meetings, including meetings in the multilateral formats and with the involvement of selected partners, as well as top-level consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the three countries.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs for Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania also coordinated further actions and discussed future meetings in the format of the Lublin Triangle.