Foreign Ministry repeats call to strengthen sanctions against Russia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia issued a statement on February 2 calling for authorities to double check whether there could be Russia-supporting individuals in high positions of Latvian enterprises.

The Ministry said it had approached line ministries and public authorities, asking 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 organizations. 

"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," the statement says.

Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said that since Russia launched a full-scale war in Ukraine, Latvian authorities have worked to prevent Russia-supporting figures from operating in Latvian management structures. 

"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," Kariņš was quoted.

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