The President: History shared by Lithuania and Poland commits to take responsibility for regional security
The events celebrating the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution started with the speeches delivered by the Presidents of Lithuania and Poland at a joint sitting of the Lithuanian Seimas and the Polish Sejm and Senate.
In his address, President Gitanas Nausėda underscored the historic bond between Lithuania and Poland as well as their close bilateral collaboration in security and defense, political, economic and cultural areas.
The President also focused on the ongoing challenges faced by the region. He expressed support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also emphasized that Lithuania and Poland would continue upholding democratic values in Europe in support of the aspirations of Belarusian civil society for democratic change. “I would like to underline that Lithuania will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and will seek to end the actual occupation of part of eastern Ukraine. Whatever happens, we cannot allow Ukraine to be cast back into the past again,” the President said.
He reminded that the unsafe Ostrovets nuclear power plant posed a threat to all the people of the region, turning Belarus into a hostage to the Kremlin’s geopolitical games.
Gitanas Nausėda urged to see the 3 May Constitution as a symbol of joint achievements attained by Lithuania and Poland as well as a reminder of the future potential of both countries. According to the President, the Constitution of May 3 highlighted the leadership of our both nations in developing constitutional and political thought. It was the world’s second and Europe’s first written constitution, that defined individual freedom, national sovereignty and the principle of the separation of powers.
Taking part in the celebrations in Warsaw together with the Lithuanian and Polish heads of state were also the Presidents of Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. The five Presidents will take part in a joint discussion on the future of Europe at the Royal Castle later in the day.