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The Lublin Triangle (Lithuanian: Liublino trikampis; Polish: Trójkąt Lubelski; Ukrainian: Люблінський трикутник, romanizedLiublinskyi trykutnyk) is an economic, cultural, and political regional–cooperation initiative of three European countries – Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine[1] – for the purposes of strengthening mutual military, cultural, and economic cooperation and supporting Ukraine's integration into the European Union and the NATO. The Lublin Triangle initiative invokes the integrative heritage of the 1569 Union of Lublin.[2]

The Lublin Triangle countries declare their support for restoring Ukraine's territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders and call for an end to Russian aggression against Ukraine.[3] The Lublin Triangle supports granting Ukraine the status of NATO enhanced partner and considers a NATO Membership Action Plan for Ukraine to be the next necessary step in that direction.[4][5][6]

The tripartite format draws on the traditions and historic ties of the three countries. The pertinent joint declaration was adopted by the several ministers on 28 July 2020 in Lublin, Poland. Lublin was chosen in deliberate reference to the 1569 Union of Lublin that created the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, then one of the largest countries in Europe.

History

A joint declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, Linas Linkevičius, Jacek Chaputowicz and Dmytro Kuleba, on the creation of the format was signed on July 28, 2020, in Lublin, Poland.

On August 1, 2020, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Volodymyr Makei to the second meeting, which is to take place in Kyiv. During the Economic Forum in Karpacz, Poland, on September 10, 2020, Jan Hofmokl, Director of the Eastern Department of the Polish Foreign Ministry, stated that the Lublin Triangle should in fact be a square with Belarus. According to him, at the initial stage Minsk was interested in this political project, but later changed its mind.[7]

On September 17, 2020, the first meeting (in the format of a video conference) of the national coordinators of the Lublin Triangle, created by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania in July 2020, took place. Vasyl Bodnar (Ukraine), Marcin Pszydach (Poland) and Dalus Cekuolis (Lithuania), Deputy Foreign Ministers, have been appointed coordinators of this tripartite cooperation mechanism. The parties discussed preparations for the next meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Lublin Triangle, which is to take place in Kyiv on the initiative of Minister Dmytro Kuleba. One of the main tasks of the Lublin Triangle should be to coordinate the actions of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania to effectively counter the challenges and threats to common security, among which the priority is to counter hybrid threats from Russia.[8]

On January 29, 2021, during the first online meeting of the Lublin Triangle, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated at a briefing that Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland are in favor of Belarus joining the Lublin Triangle, but the time has not yet come.

"Of course, without Belarus, the Lublin Triangle is a bit incomplete. We would like, in the end, democratic Belarus to join and turn the "Lublin Triangle" into the Lublin "square". But the time for this has not yet come. At the same time, we all understand that the situation in Belarus has an impact not only on the country's bilateral relations with its neighbors, but also on the situation in the region as a whole." - Kuleba said, summing up the first meeting of the Lublin Triangle.[9]

On February 28, 2021, it became known that at the end of January 2021 the President of Belarus elected in 2020 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya first contacted the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, where he invited us to a meeting of the Lublin Triangle and is waiting for an invitation to an offline meeting with Mr. Kuleba. and with the Verkhovna Rada. Svitlana noted that she wanted the "Lublin Triangle" to become the "Lublin Four".[10]

Mechanisms of co-operation

According to this Joint Declaration of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, the foreign ministers of the parties should hold regular meetings, in particular in the fields of multilateral activities, and with the participation of selected partners. They will also organize consultations at the level of the leadership of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of their countries and create positions in these ministries on cooperation issues within the framework of the Lublin Triangle.[11]

During the first videoconference meeting on September 17, 2020, the national coordinators identified the main activities of the Lublin Triangle and agreed to ensure sustainable interaction of the format at different working levels. During the meeting, they agreed on the basic principles of the Lublin Triangle and outlined plans for cooperation in the near future. One of the main tasks should be to coordinate the actions of the three states to effectively address the current challenges and threats to our common security. Among the priority topics in the cooperation is joint counteraction to hybrid threats from Russia, in particular in the fight against misinformation. The importance of maintaining close cooperation within international organizations was emphasized.[8]

"We are united not only by common values and interests, but also by a common responsibility for the future of our countries and the region in which we live and which has been at the center of global politics in recent years." - Vasyl Bodnar said.[12]

The Deputy Ministers also agreed to launch tripartite thematic consultations at the level of directors of the foreign ministries of the three countries. The coordinators paid important attention to the situation in Belarus and some other countries in the region. Vasyl Bodnar expressed his gratitude to the partners for their constant support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our state and support in counteracting Russian aggression. He also informed his colleagues about the main goals of the Crimean Platform and invited Poland and Lithuania to actively cooperate within the framework of the platform, which aims to deoccupy Crimea.[8]

On October 12, 2020, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal noted the importance of the newly created "Lublin Triangle" and invited Polish President Andrzej Duda to expand its format, namely to discuss the possibility of meeting of heads of government in the "Lublin Triangle" format during his visit to Ukraine.[13]

On February 27, 2021, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told Ukrainian Radio Liberty that the Lublin Triangle initiative, which unites Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland, brings Ukraine closer to European integration:

"I think this format is very useful. And I'm sure that this format can be expanded, not just about politics. We could also discuss common history, geopolitics, economics and many other things. Such communication allows to structure our cooperation to a certain extent... It is, of course, very useful and brings Ukraine's European integration closer.” - he said.[14]

He also believes that the Crimean Platform initiative is "extremely useful not only for finding concrete solutions, but also to remind about the problem of the occupation of Crimea."

Initiatives

Interparliamentary Assembly

The Interparliamentary Assembly of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Seimas and the Senate of the Republic of Poland and the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania were established in 2005 to establish a dialogue between the three countries in the parliamentary dimension. The inaugural meeting of the Assembly took place on June 16, 2008, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Within the framework of the Assembly there are committees on European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, humanitarian and cultural cooperation.[15]

Lithuanian–Polish–Ukrainian Brigade

Lithuanian–Polish–Ukrainian Brigade emblem
LITPOLUKRBRIG, 2016

Lithuanian–Polish–Ukrainian Brigade is a multinational unit with capabilities of a general military brigade, designed for conducting independent military operations in accordance with international law or participating in such actions. It is composed of the three countries’ special military units selected from the 21st Podhale Rifleman Brigade (Poland), the 80th Airborne Assault Brigade (Ukraine), and the Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion (Lithuania).

Since 2016, LITPOLUKRBRIG has been an important element of NATO actions aimed at implementing NATO standards in Armed Forces of Ukraine. The brigade's main activities include training Ukrainian officers and military units in these standards, planning and conducting operational tasks, and maintaining operational readiness.

Youth Lublin Triangle

The Youth Lublin Triangle is an institutionalised platform for cooperation between the youth of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine. Initiated by the youth NGO Public Diplomacy Platform, the Youth Lublin Triangle has already received support from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine.

The initiative is inspired by the study of the potential of youth cooperation under the auspices of the Lublin Triangle conducted by the Public Diplomacy Platform and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.[16]

The groundwork for the project was laid at the online forum held on 9–10 April 2021.[17] The forum featured representatives of the youth councils of Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus, as well high-profile officials from Lithuania and Ukraine.

Based on close historical and cultural ties between the member states, the Youth Lublin Triangle has been created to ensure synergy between young people and prepare them for life in a prosperous and safe single European space. The areas of cooperation will include, among others, historical and cultural dialogue as well as professional and academic development.

Country comparison

Name Lithuania Poland Ukraine
Official name Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublika) Republic of Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska) Ukraine (Україна)
Coat of arms Coat of arms of Lithuania.svg Herb Polski.svg Coat of arms of Ukraine.svg
Flag Lithuania Poland Ukraine
Population Increase 2,794,329[18] Decrease 38,383,000[19] Decrease 41,660,982 (excluding Crimea and Sevastopol)[20]
Area 65,300 km2 (25,200 sq mi) 312,696 km2 (120,733 sq mi) 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi)
Population Density 43/km2 (111.4/sq mi) 123/km2 (318.6/sq mi) 73.8/km2 (191.1/sq mi)
Government Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
Formation 16 February 1918 (Independence declared)
11 March 1990 (Independence restored)
11 November 1918 (Independence declared) 22 January 1918 (Independence declared)
24 August 1991 (Independence restored)
Capital  Vilnius – 588,412 (829,759 Metro)  Warsaw – 1,783,321 (3,100,844 Metro) COA of Kyiv Kurovskyi.svg Kyiv – 2,950,800 (3,375,000 Metro)
Largest City
Official language Lithuanian (de facto and de jure) Polish (de facto and de jure) Ukrainian (de facto and de jure)
Current Head of Government Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė (Homeland Union; 2020–present) Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (Law and Justice; 2017–present) Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Independent; 2020–present)
Current Head of State President Gitanas Nausėda (Independent; 2019–present) President Andrzej Duda (Law and Justice; 2015–present) President Volodymyr Zelenskyi (Servant of the People; 2019–present)
Main religions 77.2% Roman Catholic, 4.1% Eastern Orthodox, 0.8% Old Believers, 0.6% Lutheran, 0.2% Reformed, 0.9% others 87.58% Roman Catholic, 7.10% Opting out of answer, 1.28% Other faiths, 2.41% Irreligious, 1.63% Not stated 67.3% Eastern Orthodox, 9.4% Greek Catholic, 0.8% Roman Catholic, 7.7% unspecified Christian, 2.2% Protestant, 0.4% Jewish, 0.1% Buddhist, 11.0% unaffiliated
Ethnic groups 84.2% Lithuanians, 7.1% Poles, 5.8% Russians, 1.2% Belarusians, 0.5% Ukrainians, 1.7% other 98% Poles, 2% other or undeclared 77.8% Ukrainians, 17.3% Russians, 0.8% Romanians and Moldovans, 0.6% Belarusians, 0.5% Crimean Tatars, 0.4% Bulgarians, 0.3% Hungarians, 0.3% Poles, 1.7% other
GDP (nominal)
  • Increase $62.198 billion (2021) (78th)
  • Increase $22,245 per capita (2021) (44th)
  • Increase $642.141 billion (2021) (22nd)
  • Increase $16,930 per capita (2021)(49th)
  • Increase $164.593 billion (2021) (57th)
  • Increase $3,984 per capita (2021) (116th)
External debt (nominal) 47.3 % of GDP (2020) 57.5 % of GDP (2020) 60.8 % of GDP (2020)
GDP (PPP)
  • Increase $114.035 billion (2021) (88th)
  • Increase $40,784 per capita (2021) (39th)
  • Increase $1.364 trillion (2021) (20th)
  • Increase $35,957 per capita (2021) (45th)
  • Increase $576.106 billion (2021) (40th)
  • Increase $13,943 per capita (2021) (96th)
Currency Euro (€) – EUR Polish złoty (zł) – PLN Ukrainian hryvnia (₴) – UAH
Human Development Index
0.882 very high 34th
0.880 very high 35th
0.779 high 74th

See also

References

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