President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Polish President Andrzej Duda for a bilateral meeting to discuss issues of key importance to both countries.
Special focus was placed on regional security and the situation in Ukraine.
According to the President, after the illegal annexation of Crimea, continuing aggression in eastern Ukraine and strategic blockade of the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdiansk, Russia is set to expand the occupation zone into the Sea of Azov.
By resisting open Russian military aggression, Ukraine is fighting for the security of the whole of Europe, the President said. Therefore, consistent political, financial and military support to Ukraine as well as firm and unified Western response is a necessity predetermined by geopolitical reality.
The President underlined that Lithuania was increasing military support to Ukraine. Dalia Grybauskaitė will be traveling to Kyiv this week to discuss assistance options. Currently, Lithuania provides Ukraine with weapons, military training and rehabilitation care to wounded soldiers.
In Katowice, the President is attending the UN Climate Change Conference events, which have gathered heads of state and government from 30 countries of the world. The conference has the objective of finalizing the implementation guidelines of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Three years ago, countries agreed to adopt measures for keeping the increase in global average temperature below 2°C. Lithuania and the European Union took on the commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions at least by 40 percent by 2030.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a special report on October 8, which states that national commitments are no longer sufficient to meet Paris goals and that countries needed to come up with a long-term strategy.
According to the President, if no action is taken, climate change could have devastating consequences for the planet and humankind. The report released by the intergovernmental panel underlines that an overshoot of 2ºC in global warming could result in irreversible changes that will painfully affect ecosystems, species and weather, leading to long-lasting droughts, melting ice caps, reduced areas of arable land, and diminishing resources of drinking water.
The conference is taking place alongside cultural events marking the 100th anniversary of Polish independence scheduled to run until 2021. In Katowice, Dalia Grybauskaitė attended a gala concert of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and an official dinner hosted by President Andrzej Duda.
Earlier this year, on June 8 in Warsaw, the Lithuanian President together with seven other heads of state took part in festive events dedicated to the centennial of Poland’s independence at the invitation of President Andrzej Duda. Dalia Grybauskaitė presented a special gift of a tile replica with the coat of arms of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland, the Lithuanian Vytis and Polish Eagle, dating back 400 years.