President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Prime Minister of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš.
The Head of State thanked the Latvian side for the powerful political, defense, financial and humanitarian support of our country since the first days of the full-scale Russian invasion: “Your society, the President, from the very beginning of this full-scale war, even from the first days of 2014, when this war actually began, have shown that you are with us, you support our sovereignty, our people, our society, territorial integrity.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of the recent approval by the Latvian government of a new substantial package of military assistance to Ukraine.
In this context, it was noted that the defense support provided by Latvia to Ukraine has already reached 1% of the country’s GDP.
The Head of State informed the Prime Minister of Latvia of the situation on the frontline and emphasized the critical importance of uniting the efforts of all partners and allies of Ukraine at this crucial moment, first of all in the provision of weapons necessary for the Ukrainian offensive.
The parties discussed European integration in the context of Ukraine’s progress in implementing the recommendations of the European Commission. They emphasized the importance of Latvia’s support for the decision to start negotiations on Ukraine’s accession to the EU by the end of this year. Special attention was paid to preparations for the NATO Summit in Vilnius.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted Latvia’s active position in creating international legal mechanisms to bring Russia to justice for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, punish all those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, as well as a full-fledged mechanism for compensation for the damage caused by Russia to our country.