Admit Ukraine to Three Seas Initiative today, say European parliaments

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Latvia is among the signatories of a joint statement by the chairpersons of European parliaments' foreign affairs committees which calls for increased humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine.

The statement also makes the case for admitting Ukraine to the Three Seas Initiative (3SI). Latvia will host an important 3SI summit in June this year, raising the possibility that it might become a forum for important announcements in this regard. 

"Each country separately, the European Union and NATO, have a moral duty to support the fighting Ukraine. Therefore, we recommend the earliest possible launch of procedures that will allow Ukraine to become a candidate country and then a full member of the European Union when it meets the membership criteria.

And already today, we propose that Ukraine should be admitted to the Three Seas Initiative. We support the same European perspective for the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, which in the past have also experienced Russian aggression," the statement (attached in full) says.




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The statement, signed on Latvia's behalf by Saeima deputy Rihards Kols, also condemns the "reprehensible and illegal aid given to Russia by Belarus. The activities of the Lukashenka regime should also meet with a response from the international community in the form of sanctions to stop further support for military actions." 

The Three Seas Initiative describes itsef as a "politically inspired, commercially driven platform for improving connections among twelve EU Member States located between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas." Latvian President Egils Levits is on record saying "It’s high time to take 3SI to the next level," and the Rīga meeting in June would now seem to be an ideal opportunity to do so.

President Egils Levits speaks at Three Seas Initiative summit in Bulgaria
President Egils Levits speaks at Three Seas Initiative summit in Bulgaria

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