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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approached line ministries and public authorities with a call for providing proposals for further strengthening of the European Union sanctions against Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites them to assess whether citizens of Russia, Belarus or other third countries who directly or indirectly support the Russian aggression against Ukraine or may be associated with Russia’s state institutions are present in the management structures of significant Latvian companies and organisations. If such persons and their links to the aggression by the Putin regime are identified, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will propose that they be subject to the European Union’s restrictive measures.

“Since 24 February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the responsible authorities of Latvia have consistently worked to identify and prevent cases of the Russian or other third-country citizens connected to Putin’s regime and its aggression against Ukraine operating in Latvia. This is an ongoing effort and in order to accomplish that, we have approached the line ministries with a request to assess whether third-country citizens who support the Putin regime and its aggression against Ukraine are holding high-ranking positions in important Latvian companies, says the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Krišjānis Kariņš.