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Presidents of Ukraine, Latvia sign joint declaration

Latvia, in particular, will help rebuild Ukraine and support its aspirations to join NATO.

Presidents of Ukraine, Latvia sign joint declaration
President of Latvia Egils Levits and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Photo: Ukrainian presidential office

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Latvia Egils Levits have signed a joint declaration following the latter's visit to our country.

According to the text of the statement, Latvia condemns the full-scale invasion of Russia and demands that Russia withdraw its troops from Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, the Ukrainian presidential website reports.

Latvia will assist in the reconstruction and rapid recovery, in particular in Chernihiv Region, and advocates the need to create a legal framework for the use of frozen and immobilized Russian assets to support Ukraine's recovery and to pay reparations.

The two countries also called for the continuation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the humanitarian programme Grain from Ukraine.

"The governmental and non-governmental sectors of Latvia will support Ukraine as long as necessary and will continue to provide strong military, technical, defence and humanitarian support to Ukraine. The Republic of Latvia supports Ukraine in becoming a part of the North Atlantic Alliance as soon as conditions allow," the statement reads.

The two countries also expressed their readiness to hold bilateral consultations on Ukraine's security issues prior to joining NATO.

The document also expressed a position on Ukraine's multilevel participation as a partner in the Three Seas Initiative (3SI). "The Republic of Latvia, as a member state of the 3SI, will facilitate Ukraine's participation in various projects to support post-war recovery, in particular in the areas of energy infrastructure, transport, and digitalization," the statement reads.

The Latvian president arrived in Ukraine on 3 March.

Earlier, Levits said that only the political will of the international community is needed to establish a tribunal over Russia.

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