UN ambassador: Latvia must be a loudspeaker for Ukraine

As Russia's war in Ukraine continues, Latvia's task is to help not only materially, but also diplomatically by carrying Ukraine's messages internationally, said Katrīna Kaktiņa, Ambassador to the UN, OSCE, and other international organizations in Vienna, in an interview on Latvian Television's "Morning Panorama" program February 23.

"We are one of the countries that should be Ukraine's loudspeaker and carry Ukraine's messages internationally," Kaktiņa said.

"Our work internationally is an opportunity to get a listening ear not only in regions close to us and not only to politicians close to us, whom we speak to quite regularly but also to distant regions and distant countries. It is very important to remind them of what is happening and that support is still needed," said Kaktiņa.

Latvian diplomats are also talking internationally about isolating Russia, partly by raising the issue of Ukraine and giving it more support. "Secondly, we make sure that Russia has as few loudspeakers of its own as possible, fewer microphones and allies. And we isolate Russia by not allowing it to be elected to the bodies of all kinds of international organizations. This has been very successful over the last two years, including Latvian diplomats, if necessary, competing with Russian candidates to ensure that Russia is not elected," the Ambassador explained.

Another area of work of Latvian diplomats is to obtain practical support from international organizations.

Kaktiņa also added that negotiations with Russian diplomats are not the same as with other countries, with whom one speaks in a low-key and measured manner. Since the invasion of Ukraine, the tone and choice of words in talks with Russia have changed a lot. "As I usually say, our diplomats' arrows are our words and we certainly do not spare them in the direction of the Russian delegation," the Ambassador said.

Although there is often an opinion that the West is tired of the war in Ukraine, the Latvian diplomat denied it.

"We have many allies in Ukraine. There are Western countries that can perhaps help more, both financially and militarily. But Latvia has a task to help financially, diplomatically, and maintain this urgency."

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