The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong support for the Crimea Declaration issued by the United States Secretary of State on 25 July. By that statement, the US reiterates its unwavering stance and support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The declaration affirms the consistency and permanence of the US foreign policy principles.
It is noteworthy that the US Crimea Declaration has been adopted shortly after 23 July, a significant date for the Baltic States, when we mark the anniversary of the Sumner Welles Declaration. The Sumner Welles Declaration in 1940 initiated the US policy of non-recognition of the occupation of the Baltic States by the USSR.
In the Crimea Declaration, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refers to the Sumner Welles declaration and pledges that the US will maintain its policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls that Latvia has been persistently, and as a matter of principle, pursuing its policy of support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and condemns the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. That policy followed by Latvia has been in effect since 1 March 2014, when the President of Latvia, the Speaker of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament), the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a joint statement “On Russia’s Interference in Ukraine”, and since the Saeima statement of 6 March 2014 “On Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine”.