Latvia willing to help freed Ukrainian captives

On 7 October 2019, the Latvian 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, using the occasion to "express Latvia’s readiness to provide rehabilitation services for Ukrainians released from detention in Russia on 7 September 2019," according to a statement from the ministry.

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," the statement said.

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.

As part of his visit, the Latvian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers participated in the inauguration of a “Latvian Square” in central Kyiv.

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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