Working visit of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to Poland

Joint Declaration of the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania

Joint Declaration of the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania

May 3, 2021, Warsaw

We, the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania, meet in Warsaw today in order to jointly celebrate the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the 3 May Constitution. The passing of that momentous Act in 1791, regulating the legal system of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, was of historic importance since it marked the first modern state effective fundamental law on our continent and the second one worldwide.

Mindful of the historical experiences, proud of the achievements of our contemporary cooperation in the region and conscious of the challenges, we look with hope to the future. We express the conviction that the prosperity of our common heritage and common home, rooted in the European civilization, demands that, just like home, also Europe be built on the basis of fundamental values and principles. These are with no doubt: freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity, democracy, the rule of law, equality and solidarity. A uniting Europe should remain open to all countries and nations which share the above-mentioned values.

We approach with understanding and support the persistent strivings of all the peoples of our region, with whom our nations are joined by common historical fate, and who wish to enjoy today, just as we do, the blessings of freedom and democracy while courageously demanding that their rights be respected. We believe that to all of us the solidarity of nations, especially under current threats to our common security, is one of the cornerstones of peace, stability, development, prosperity and resilience. Led by this assertion we are committed to continuing the dialogue and cooperation among the states we represent.

President of Poland Andrzej Duda

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid

President of Latvia Egils Levits

President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda

 

President took part in festivities marking the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution of Poland

 

President took part in festivities marking the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution of Poland

During a working visit to the Republic of Poland, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in festivities marking the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution of Poland.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated Polish President Andrzej Duda on this date.

"Democratic values are a feature of Polish history. I respect the Polish tradition of lawmaking and implementation of reforms. The Constitution of Poland was a manifestation of the aspiration for justice, which unites our countries and the entire European community," the Head of State stressed.

3 May Constitution Day is especially important for Poland, as this document equalized the rights of certain segments of the population, divided power into legislative, executive and judicial, as well as became the basis of Polish democracy. It is still highly valued by the Polish people.

That is why President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda invited the leaders of four friendly states to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution. In addition to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the festivities were attended by President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and President of Latvia Egils Levits. The heads of state signed a joint declaration.

Poland always supports Ukraine and the Ukrainian people - Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the meeting with Andrzej Duda in Warsaw

Poland always supports Ukraine and the Ukrainian people - Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the meeting with Andrzej Duda in Warsaw

Poland is ready to fully support Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. In particular, the joint declaration signed today by the leaders of Ukraine and Poland on Warsaw's support for Kyiv's European aspirations is important.

"Our bilateral meeting ended today with the signing of a joint declaration on the European prospect for Ukraine, i.e. belonging to the EU. In this issue, Poland has always supported Ukraine," Andrzej Duda said at a joint briefing on the results of bilateral talks.

On behalf of the Ukrainian people, Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated Poland on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution and noted that this date is a great holiday both for the Polish people and for the whole of Europe.

The Ukrainian President also invited the President and the First Lady of Poland to participate in the Crimean Platform Summit, which will take place during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence in August this year.

"It is also very important for us because this will be the first important summit with the participation of our friends and partners related to the deoccupation of the Ukrainian Crimea," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In addition, according to the President of Ukraine, during the talks, the Polish counterpart once again stressed his support for the European and European integration aspirations of the Ukrainian state.

"This is a very important signal. I am grateful that Poland, led by President Duda, always protects our sovereignty and territorial integrity, and does not accept the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula," the President said.

He also noted that the historical issues pending between the two countries will soon be resolved, as both sides strive for that.

"Because we really understand one another very well," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.

President during the discussion with Presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland: Ukraine is a powerful state that will only strengthen the European Union

 

President during the discussion with Presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland: Ukraine is a powerful state that will only strengthen the European Union

The European Union should demonstrate real support for the European integration aspirations of Ukraine, which continues to fight for its independence. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the discussion "The happiness of nations is based on fair laws, the effectiveness of which depends on their implementation" which took place in Warsaw.

The European Union should demonstrate real support for the European integration aspirations of Ukraine, which continues to fight for its independence. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the discussion "The happiness of nations is based on fair laws, the effectiveness of which depends on their implementation" which took place in Warsaw.

The discussion was also attended by President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and President of Latvia Egils Levits.

"We should be seen in the EU as an equal and integral partner," the Ukrainian President said.

Polish President Andrzej Duda noted that the European Union could become stronger after the accession of new members, as EU enlargement has always made it more dynamic.

"Ukraine is a powerful state that will only strengthen the European Union," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.

Andrzej Duda noted that the EU should discuss mechanisms for accession of those states that have announced their European integration aspirations.

The President of Ukraine thanked the European partners for their support of the independence and territorial integrity of our state.

"This is very important today, when part of Ukrainian territory - our Crimean peninsula is annexed, and when we have a war in the east. And this is also a war in Europe, so it is very important for us to stand together," he said.

The President of Poland emphasized that it was impossible to accept the fact of occupation of Ukrainian territories. He noted that Poland welcomed the position of Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, who said in a speech to the Polish Sejm that he would never accept the occupation of Ukraine. The President of Lithuania noted that he believed in the future of Ukraine as an EU member.

The leaders focused on improving democracy mechanisms and justice systems, especially in light of the challenges posed by the pandemic. The President of Ukraine spoke about the measures taken by the Ukrainian authorities to help the population live through the quarantine periods, as well as about the initiatives aimed at restoring public confidence in laws. In particular, a package of legislative acts on democracy has already been prepared.

"We need to involve Ukrainian society. People must be able to influence the life of the country, its choice, the economy through different levels of referendums not once every five years, when the President or the Parliament is elected, but every month, every week," Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized.

 

Signing of the Declaration on Ukraine's European Prospect brings full integration into the European Union closer - Volodymyr Zelenskyy

 

At the invitation of Polish President Andrzej Duda, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy together with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania took part in the festivities on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the 3 May Constitution, the first valid document in Europe comparable to modern constitutions.

During the visit, the leaders discussed our common future in Europe and the main challenges facing Europeans. It was confirmed that the inalienable values ​​for our societies are: freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity, democracy, rule of law, equality and solidarity. This is reflected in the five-party declaration signed by the leaders of Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: a united Europe must be open to all countries and peoples who share common values. This is an important signal of support for Ukraine's European integration aspirations.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Andrzej Duda also signed a joint bilateral Declaration on Ukraine's European Prospect. This is the second such document concluded between Ukraine and the EU country. As you know, a declaration was signed with Lithuania in March this year. The text of the joint declaration of leaders stipulates that our country has a European prospect in accordance with Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union.

"The Presidents of Ukraine and Poland noted Ukraine's intention to apply for EU membership in the future after the implementation of the Association Agreement subject to the Copenhagen criteria and agreed that the Republic of Poland will support Ukraine in this regard," the document reads.

In the context of the recently announced idea of ​​holding a summit with the participation of European Council President Charles Michel and the leaders of the associated Eastern Partnership countries, we note that Ukraine is ready to strengthen the European community in the east of our continent with Georgia and Moldova. That is why the leaders of Ukraine and Poland in a joint declaration noted the need for a strategic review of the European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership to ensure an "open door" policy for those associate partners who have European aspirations and meet certain conditions and criteria.

It is logical that the coalition in support of Ukraine's membership in the European Union started from Lithuania and Poland, which are our strategic partners. But systemic work is underway with all EU member states to obtain meaningful political support on our country's path to the European Union.

Ukraine is carrying out a transformation that really brings us closer to achieving this goal. Reforms that have been delayed or only partially implemented for decades are finally being enshrined in law and strengthening the state at the institutional level. Economic relations in our country are gaining the necessary transparency for sustainable growth. By implementing the Association Agreement with the European Union, we have reached such a progress that the modernization of the Agreement is a totally relevant task that we are already working on with European partners.

"Ukrainians are already influencing our common European destiny. It is on our land that the future of Europe is being decided. We will ensure full integration of Ukraine into the commonwealth of European countries, and this will prove that the basic values of freedom, democracy and equality on our continent are key elements of large-scale progress and development," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.

Information from the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine