Lublin Triangle signs joint declaration, with promise of Leopard tanks for Ukraine

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda (L), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (C), and Polish President Andrzej Duda (R). Photo: Jakub Szymczuk via @JakubKumoch Twitter Account

The Polish President's Office announced that the Presidents of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine who met in Lviv have signed the Joint Declaration of the Presidents of the Lublin Triangle. In the document, the presidents of Poland and Lithuania upheld Ukraine's inalienable right to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also made clear their will to cooperate in the process of rebuilding Ukraine at the conflict’s end.

“Together with the presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania - Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Gitanas Nauseda - in the format of the Lublin Triangle, we are talking on Wednesday in Lviv about military support for Ukraine against Russian aggression and about Ukraine's integration with the EU and NATO,” President Andrzej Duda said.

One of the decisions announced after the meeting, is the Polish commitment to ship Leopard tanks to Ukraine within a wider European coalition. The Ukrainian army and politicians have been asking western partners for such a move for many months. “A company of Leopard tanks will be handed over as part of coalition building, because, as you know, a whole range of formal requirements, approvals and so on must be met for this purpose, but above all we want it to be an international coalition,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said.

“I want to thank Lithuanians and Poles for accepting refugees, military support and readiness to stand by our side until victory; Ukrainians will remember this help for many years,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at a press conference after the meeting. The Lublin Triangle is a format of trilateral cooperation between Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. It was established in 2020 and its goal is for deepening political, economic and social cooperation between these countries, and to support Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.