The President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda, said that the ecological restoration of Ukraine should become a success story, because it is critically important for ensuring energy independence from the aggressor state of Russia.
It happened at the "Ukraine Green Recovery Conference" conference in Vilnius, it is reported Ukrinform.
Nauseda noted Ukraine's "incredible progress" in implementing reforms. He also emphasized the importance of moving towards a decision to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU at the next meeting of the European Council.
He emphasized that Ukraine needs urgent, powerful and united international assistance in environmental protection, in particular from governments, business and civil society.
"Green restoration and environmental reforms are being considered in the discussions regarding the preparation of the implementation plan of the European aid mechanism for Ukraine," the Lithuanian president noted.
He recognized that providing financial resources alone is not enough to achieve success in the green revival of Ukraine. After all, "innovative ways" are needed to help the country implement the necessary environmental reforms and build potential.
"Green energy is the best way to ensure energy independence from Russia," Nauseda said.
He emphasized that Lithuania is becoming green as fast as possible. Thus, the country has already refused any import of Russian energy resources and is ready to help Ukraine in this.
"Ukraine's success in building a modern green energy sector will be crucial for its post-war economic prosperity and recovery," Nauseda said, adding that Lithuania is actively participating in the working group on energy security as part of the Peace Formula of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
In his opinion, Ukraine will become the center of the green economy. For this, Lithuania is ready to share its experience.
He added that the "Three Seas" summit, which will take place in April 2024, will also contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine.
"I have great hope to witness how the green reconstruction of Ukraine will become a stunning success story," Nauseda said.