The Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, during a meeting with the US Special Envoy on Ukraine, Kurt Volker, congratulated him on his appointment to this post and welcomed the growing attention and support that the US is giving to the region and Ukraine, as reported on the Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Ministry website.
It is noted that Volker took part in the regional leadership conference at Vilnius University that was organized by the Lithuanian President, Valdus Adamkus.
"The US decision to appoint an experienced diplomat who knows the region well, as a special representative of the US, testifies to the fact that the US is interested in strengthening its role in Ukraine and the region, and in searching for a solution to the situation," said Linkevičius.
According to the Lithuanian Minister, the international community should strengthen its efforts and encourage Russia to implement the commitments it made several years ago to withdraw weapons from Eastern Ukraine and stop supporting pro-Russian seperatists. "I often visit Ukraine, including the war-torn eastern Ukraine, that’s why, I constantly call on partners to act immediately to restore peace and security," underlined Linkevičius.
Volker said that Lithuania's role in the conflict resolution processes in Ukraine is well known and highly valued. "The US welcomes the Lithuanian principle position regarding peace in Ukraine. We are watching the situation in Ukraine and, like Lithuania, we are constantly and actively calling for the Minsk Agreements’ implementation," the US diplomat stressed.
On August 21st, in Minsk, there was a meeting between the US Special Representative on Ukraine, Kurt Volker and Russian Presidential Adviser, Vladislav Surkov. According to the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, the results of the meeting between Volker and Surkov are positive.