Baltic, Polish, Ukrainian parliamentary speakers meeting in Rīga

On July 9 and 10 the Speakers of the Parliaments of the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine will be meeting in Rīga, Latvia, where political and practical assistance to Ukraine, including support on its path to the European Union and NATO, will be discussed ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius later in the week.

At the meeting, the Speakers will also discuss raising the cost of aggression to Russia. “We have to impose new sanctions and consistently enforce those already in place, as well as move forward with using Russia’s frozen assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine,” President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar said ahead of the meeting, and added that the establishing of a special international tribunal is also high on the agenda of the discussions.

Besides Hussar, Edvards Smiltēns from the Parliament of Latvia, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen from the Parliament of Lithuania, Elżbieta Witek from the Parliament of Poland and Ruslan Stefanchuk from the Parliament of Ukraine participate in the meeting of the Speakers. At the end of the meeting, the Speakers plan to adopt a Joint Statement.

They will also meet with the President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and attend the finale of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival.

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