On 7 October 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, during his official visit in Ukraine, had meetings with the Speaker of Parliament, Dmytro Razumkov, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vadym Prystaiko.
The officials expressed their appreciation for friendly bilateral relations an active dialogue and economic cooperation. Edgars Rinkēvičs reconfirmed Latvia’s support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The Latvian Foreign Minister also said that Latvia was prepared to continue providing political and practical support in the implementation of reforms, as well as humanitarian and medical assistance to those affected by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed Latvia’s readiness to provide rehabilitation services for Ukrainians released from detention in Russia on 7 September 2019.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine as well as solutions to it were discussed with Ukrainian officials. Latvia reiterated support for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Edgars Rinkēvičs noted that the European Union’s sanctions against Russia should remain in place until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The Ukrainian side thanked Latvia for its support both bilaterally and in international organisations, and for rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers that have been hurt in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Conversations with Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vadym Prystaiko, focused on cooperation within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) following restoration of Russia’s voting rights. The Ukrainian side expressed gratitude for the Latvian delegation showing solidarity with Ukraine at the PACE autumn session and it was agreed to continue cooperation on this issue concerning Russia, keeping it on the Council of Europe’s agenda.
In a meeting with the Prime Minister Honcharuk, the officials took note of the good business cooperation. At the same time, the Latvian Foreign Minister called on the Ukrainian side to deliver more on its commitments toward optimizing the country’s business environment, especially in the area of justice and the fight against corruption.
As part of his visit, the Latvian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers participated in the inauguration of a “Latvian Square” in Kyiv’s centre.
On 8 October, Edgars Rinkēvičs will visit the city of Zaporizhia, where the Minister will inaugurate the Latvian Honorary Consulate and meet with senior officials of Zaporizhia region. Iurii Pidgornyi has been appointed Honorary Consul of Latvia in Zaporizhia Oblast. Latvia is expanding the network of its honorary consuls in Ukraine with the aim of developing economic and regional cooperation as well as promoting people-to-people contacts. Latvia currently has five Honorary Consulates in Ukraine – in Chernihiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odessa, and Zaporizhia.
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