Latvia and Ukraine to sign long-term support agreement

On April 9, 2024, the Latvian Cabinet decided at its weekly meeting to support the signing of an Agreement between Latvia and Ukraine on Long-Term Support and Security Commitments.

The Agreement will reaffirm Latvia’s unwavering support for the security of Ukraine and envisages comprehensive military and non-military assistance to Ukraine in its fight against the Russian aggressor, as well as Latvia’s support for the membership of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO.

The Agreement enshrines Latvia’s commitment to provide Ukraine with military support to the amount of 0.25% of GDP by 2026, continuing the military assistance already provided from the first day of the war in 2022. The Agreement sets out specific areas of military support, including activities in the Latvian-led Drone Coalition, the supply of military equipment and weapons, and training of military personnel.

One of the key elements of the Agreement is the establishment of a consultation mechanism in the event of another attack by Russia on Ukraine in the future.

Latvia’s non-military support includes development cooperation, support for the reconstruction of the Chernihiv region, cooperation in the field of digital, energy and cyber security, as well as prevention of hybrid threats. The Agreement also provides for close cooperation in international organizations.

The Agreement will be valid for ten years and according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "it will soon be signed by the Presidents of both countries" – which suggests a meeting between Presidents Rinkēvičs and Zelenskyy may take place in the near future.

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