Rally against imports from Russia in Rīga

Outside the government building on Tuesday, January 23, the association the Rising Sun (Austošā Saule) protested against imports and transit of Russian goods.

The association stresses that the continued import and transit of Russian goods is immoral so it demands action to stop it.

According to the association, the government shirks responsibility and has many tools to stop imports and transit of goods from Russia.

There have also been discussions in Latvia about whether the transit of Russian grain cargo to third countries should also be prohibited, so that Latvia is not part of this chain in any way, because there is a risk that some of the grain may also be stolen from Ukraine. However, it is not certain that the European Union would also be prepared for a transit ban.

Previously, Transport Minister Kaspars Briskens (Progressives) said that imports and transit of Russian and Belarusian grain should be included in the European Union (EU) sanctions list. 

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Armands Krauze (Union of Greens and Farmers) on Tuesday at the EU Council of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers in Brussels repeatedly called on EU Member States to take immediate action to ban Russian agricultural and food imports into the EU, the Ministry of Agriculture reported.

"We can provide the world's best food products for our people ourselves, so I call for Russian imports of food and agricultural products into the EU to be subject to sanctions. I also call on colleagues from all Member States to speak to their governments and prime ministers, as the decision to impose sanctions on the EU can be taken by national leaders at the highest level. Over and over again, the top priority for all of us is to support Ukraine," Krauze said.

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