On January 10, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo
Klimkin met with Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars
Rikevics on a visit to Ukraine.
The negotiations mainly focused on Latvia’s Presidency in the
Council of the EU in the first half of 2015. The parties discussed cooperation
with a view of supporting Ukraine’s European integration bid. The Latvian
Minister reassured of the readiness of his country to share its integration
experience and assist Ukraine in effective implementation of the Association
Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, in particular through promoting the
adoption of a decision to introduce the visa-free regime between Ukraine and
the EU during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga in May 2015.
The parties discussed topical issues of bilateral
cooperation with the focus on prospects of trade and economic, as well as
The Latvian side expressed its readiness to comprehensively
assist in conducting regional reforms in Ukraine, in particular in the
introduction of electronic self-government, power decentralization, counteraction of corruption.
The dominating topic during the talks was also the situation
in the east of Ukraine and adherence to the Minsk agreements. Edgars Rinkevics confirmed Latvia’s strong support of sovereignty
and territorial integrity of Ukraine and reassured of the readiness to exert
further efforts to stop Russian aggression and settle the situation in the East
of Ukraine by peaceful means – through political and diplomatic dialogue. The
principled and constant position of Latvia is the condemnation of the
annexation of Crimea by Russia.