On 6 December 2018, during the 25th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Milan, Italy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in an event organised by Ukraine, “The problem of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov”.
In his remarks, the Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact that the attack by ships of the Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Service on three Ukrainian naval vessels in international waters near the Kerch Strait on 25 November is to be regarded as an act of aggression.
“Let me also underline that we do not see this as a separate incident, but a blatant violation of international law and continuation of the attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty. In light of this, we demand that Russia release, as soon as possible and unconditionally, the arrested Ukrainian sailors and the seized vessels. We call on Russia to take all appropriate measures to deescalate the situation. The European Union should give Ukraine more support at this point,” Edgars Rinkēvičs noted.
Medical treatment and rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers injured in the hostilities in Ukraine began in Latvia in 2014. Benefitting from a state support programme, 27 persons have undergone treatment in Latvia in 2014-2016. This year the Vaivari National Centre offered a course of rehabilitation to 15 Ukrainian servicemen.