Joint statement by the Lithuanian and Polish Presidents on the anniversary of the Lublin Union

President Dalia Grybauskaitė and President Andrzej Duda of Poland issued a joint statement to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin.

The Presidents commended the foresightedness of the predecessors to create the Commonwealth of Two Nations based on equal partnership and joint responsibility which was an inspiration for the whole Europe to integrate and build closer cooperation between states as the best answer to respond to internal and external threats.

“Today we are just as ready to stand together against any challenges and to protect the ideals of independence, unity, and solidarity”, said the Presidents in their joint statement.

Both countries contribute to security and prosperity of entire Europe by building a joint future in the European and transatlantic communities, implementing strategic energy and transportation projects and developing intense cultural and academic cooperation.

According to the Presidents, the spirit of the Union that lasted for more than 200 years was mutual respect, negotiated solutions, cultural diversity – continued to guide us today in strengthening the partnership between our nations and peoples and the impact of the Union on strengthening the civic and republican culture of that time remained a valuable contribution to modern political life.

On 1 July 1569, the Lublin Union Treaty signed by the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania united them into a political entity, the Republic of the Two Nations with one ruler, one legislature and common foreign policy.

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