Chair speaks at three-sided briefing in Vilnius

Source: Parliament of Ukraine

“Shared past should heavily contribute to shaping the future which is common to our peoples and a free Europe,” – Andriy Parubiy, the Chairman

During his visit to the Republic of Lithuania, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy participated in a joint briefing of the Speakers from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania.
He expressed his sincere thanks for the invitation, congratulated those present on the anniversary of the local Constitution, and emphasized that when turning to history, we all ought to think about the present as well as the days to come. “When our peoples were together, we did ensure peace and security, a desire for democracy, freedom and dignity,” he said, observing that today Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland are facing the same challenges.

Ukraine is above all concentrated at repulsing the armed aggression, however dangerous acts are being unceremoniously attempted by the Russian Federation in the energy security, in the field of information, economic, cybersecurity – in all areas where an attack against Europe and all the peoples is taking place.
In this context, A.Parubiy stated he is an ardent champion of a closer regional cooperation, and emphasized the importance of the Inter-Parliamentary assemblies. Historical aspects, according to the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, should not cause misunderstanding between countries and peoples.
“Alike today’s occasion, we ought to try hard to find such historical events, which would be capable of uniting our peoples, making us stronger.  The common past must not stand between us, yet helping build the future common to our peoples and a free Europe”.
The briefing was attended by:
Seimas’s Speaker Viktoras Prancetsitis,
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy,
Vice Marshal of the Polish Sejm Beata Mazurek,
Head of the Seimas Parliamentary Group Andrius Kubilius.
The Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, who heads the official delegation of Ukraine, took part in the State flags-raising ceremony at Independence Square in Vilnius.