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Baltic states reaffirm support for Ukraine’s EU membership path

On May 6, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics, alongside his Estonian and Lithuanian counterparts, visited Ukraine.

While in Kyiv, the ministers met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other senior officials and expressed strong support for Ukraine’s EU membership aspirations.

“The Ministers of Foreign Affairs expressed strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reaffirmed the solidarity of the Baltic States with the Ukrainian people in their fight against Russia’s aggression. Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania will continue to sustain their political and diplomatic pressure on Russia through standing up for stronger sanctions and working to achieve Russia’s isolation in international organisations,” said a release from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The Foreign Ministers of the Baltic States affirmed strong support for Ukraine being granted the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union in the near future,” it added. 

“Edgars Rinkēvičs underlined that Latvia was resolved to continue providing all kinds of assistance – political, military and humanitarian. Latvia will take part in the process of rebuilding Ukraine, the Minister said, naming the reconstruction of kindergartens and schools as an example. There are also plans to establish, in partnership with Ukrainian civil society, a centre for women and girls, victims of sexual violence during the hostilities,” said the MFA.

While visiting Irpin, the scene of some of Russia’s long catalog of atrocities and war crimes, Rinkēvičs underlined the need for applying all international judicial instruments to investigate war crimes and atrocities committed by the Russian army in Ukraine, and call those responsible to account.

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