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Latvian Foreign Minister makes trip to Ukraine

On 26 April 2024, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Baiba Braže, arrived in Ukraine on her first bilateral visit abroad, just a few days after her first foreign trip in the job to Luxembourg, as previously reported.

Braže met with the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba.

"The Foreign Ministers discussed issues of current importance in bilateral cooperation, security and economic cooperation. Foreign Minister Braže confirmed that Latvia will continue to advocate EU sanctions on Russia and stand up for other concrete action in order to reduce the Russian Federation’s resources to continue the war," according to a statement from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Together with the Ukrainian Foreeign Minister, Braže laid flowers at the Wall of the Remembrance to honour the Ukrainian soldiers fallen while defending their country against Russia's attack.

Baiba Braže visit to Ukraine, April 26, 2024
Baiba Braže visit to Ukraine, April 26, 2024

"In a conversation with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Latvian Foreign Minister reaffirmed that Latvia would continue to support Ukraine’s reconstruction, with a particular focus on the Chernihiv region recently hit by Russian missile strikes. She confirmed the intention of the Latvian Saeima to convene a summit on the parliamentary dimension of the Crimean Platform in Rīga as early as this coming autumn. Gratitude was also expressed for Latvia’s active support for the return of the deported Ukrainian children," said the MFA statement without quoting either minister directly.

The Foreign Minister discussed with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal the practical steps for further Euro-Atlantic integration and Latvia’s support, as well as the meeting of the Latvian-Ukrainian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation scheduled for May.

As part of her visit, the Foreign Minister also met with the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Lytvynenko, and, accompanied by the Deputy Minister for Energy, Mykola Kolisnyk, visited a thermal power plant damaged in 2022 and recently restored.

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