Latvia to send emergency aid to Moldova and Armenia

In solidarity with the international community and other Member States of the European Union, on 24 October 2023, the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted a decision to allocate 100,000 euros from the “Emergency Funds” program of the State budget in support of Armenia, which is facing a humanitarian crisis following a mass influx of Karabakh Armenians into the country.

More than 100,000 people left the region within days after a military offensive was launched by Azerbaijan on September 19, putting Armenia under huge social and economic pressure.

"Latvia’s financial support will help address the most urgent humanitarian needs of the Karabakh Armenians and support those affected by the crisis," said a government release.

In a similar move the same day, Latvia will allocate 50,000 euros from the same source towards facilitating energy resilience in Moldova, in response to the energy crisis caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

"Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine and energy blackmail triggered a serious economic, energy and humanitarian crisis in Moldova, the consequences of which are still being felt by the country this year. With winter approaching, the resilience of the energy system is a particularly acute issue. It is essential for Latvia to support Moldova, which continues to fight the hybrid threat by Russia, concurrently with ambitious reforms and moving towards integration with the European Union. The aid granted to the energy sector of Moldova will contribute to the strengthening of Moldova’s resilience to external challenges," said a government release.

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