Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expects trade between Ukraine and Lithuania this year will exceed record indicators of the previous year.
"We expect our bilateral trade in goods and services to exceed last year's record. As my colleague said, US$2 billion will be better," he said at the fifth Ukrainian-Lithuanian Economic Forum in Vilnius, according to the presidential press service.
He thanked the organizers for the event and stressed that it was important for him to meet with businessmen and exchange views on how politicians and government officials could improve cooperation between the two countries in trade, economic and investment areas.
"Ukraine and Lithuania are linked by long-standing economic ties. Their roots go back to the times of the trade route "from the Varangians to the Greeks" and even deeper. Trade ties between our people have never been broken, have always been actively developed and have taken on new qualitative forms," he said.
Zelensky stressed that the Lithuanian entrepreneurs' considerable experience in cooperation with leading European companies and successful adaptation to European standards would allow to jointly increase profitable economic relations and enter the markets of other countries.
He urged Lithuanian business to invest in Ukraine. "I want to address the representatives of Lithuanian companies present in this hall: today Ukraine is a good place for investment. It is a pleasure that Lithuanian companies not only stayed on the Ukrainian market in recent years, but also continued to develop their investment projects," he said.
"Invest in Ukraine! We hope that the Forum will result in new ideas and mutually beneficial ties between enterprises, companies and individual regions of Ukraine and Lithuania," he concluded.