June 10, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and
Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze
met with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine in Latvia Juris Poikāns.
The main topics of the talks were the Association Agreement
with the EU, sanctions against Russia, visa liberalization with the European Union,
and a civil service reform in Ukraine.
The Vice Prime Minister expressed her concern about recent developments
and statements of the representatives of different countries of the European
Union regarding visa liberalization for Ukraine, as well as about the voting
for the lifting of sanctions against Russia in the French Senate and noted Ukraine
is expecting for the constructive position of the Dutch Government regarding
the results of the April referendum in the Netherlands: "The issues that
are vital for Ukraine are negatively affected by the internal problems in the
Moreover, Ukrainian Vice Prime
Minister added that the argument about the disproportionate impact of EU
sanctions against Russia, for example, for the French farmers was rather
exaggerated: "Since the imposition of sanctions total GDP of member
countries of the European Union decreased by only 0.13%, the GDP of France – by
Ambassador Juris Poikāns
said that, in his opinion, despite the signals from certain European countries,
on 28-29 June, member countries of the EU would adopt a joint decision to
continue the economic pressure on the Russian Federation. He also noted that
Latvia remains an unchanged friend of Ukraine: "We strongly support the
The Ambassador of Latvia said that Europe evaluates certain positive
changes in our country: "For the two years Ukraine has achieved more than
in the previous 20 years".
told the Ambassador about initiatives for implementation of public
administration reform in Ukraine (launched on May 1, 2016) and invited Latvia
for cooperation in this direction. "This is a very good idea, and we will
certainly support it," said Juris Poikāns.