Latvian aid to Ukraine equivalent to 0.8% of GDP

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On 18 August 2022, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, said that Latvia's assistance to Ukraine so far is equivalent to 0.8% of its gross domestic product (GDP).

The figure was specified during a meeting with a visiting official from the United Kingdom.

“Latvia is among the major donors if measured against the country’s gross domestic product. Our assistance to Ukraine amounts to 0.8% of our GDP,” said Kalniņa-Lukaševica.

She added that Latvia was providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine, making contributions to international organisations, adjusting development cooperation priorities, and planning future involvement in the process of reconstruction of Ukraine.

The Parliamentary Secretary also noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in association with businesses and civil society had been providing support for internally displaced persons in Ukraine from the very first days of the war saying: “With Latvia’s support, a rehabilitation centre has been established in Ivano-Frankivsk for women victims of sexual violence, and psychosocial consultations have been provided to women in the east of Ukraine.”

As has already been reported, military aid provided to Ukraine so far accounts to around one third of Latvia's annual defense budget.

In separate news, the latest items to be sent to Ukraine to help it fight against the Russian invaders are 22 off-road vehicles donated by the "Ukrainian and Latvian friendship" association. In total, since the beginning of the war, the organization has sent 80 such vehicles to the Ukrainian army. 

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