Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis in Riga.
The parties discussed a wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues between Ukraine and Latvia. In particular, it was about deepening trade and economic cooperation, the domestic political situation in Ukraine, cooperation within the framework of the NATO and the EU.
The Deputy Prime Minister thanked the President of Latvia for his personal contribution to the development of the Ukrainian-Latvian relations and for his sincere desire to provide practical assistance and political support to Ukraine on the international stage.
In turn, Raimonds Vējonis noted that Latvia will continue to support Ukraine in various international formats, since the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as any European state, are inviolable, while Russia's aggressive actions are a flagrant violation of international law.
"At all possible international platforms, we call on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. However, aggression still continues. To change this situation, the international community must act in a coherent and rigorous manner. I hope that in the near future we will manage to resolve this conflict", the President of Latvia emphasized.
Continuing the topic, the Deputy Prime Minister added that Ukraine highly appreciates the rapid response of Latvia to Russia's aggression in the Azov Sea and illegal issuing of passports by Russia in the temporarily occupied territories of the Ukrainian Donbas. "Russia continues to check for strength the international law and the response of the civilized world, using more and many more hybrid attacks. Therefore, we must act more resolutely", said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
Discussing the internal political situation in Ukraine, the President of Latvia said that, despite the complex security challenges, Ukraine is actively implementing reforms and this is a positive example of state-building. "I've been to Ukraine many times. And the changes are tangible. Reforms are, definitely, an improvement in the situation not for politicians, but for the society. It is vital to prolong the process of systemic transformations and not to lose the momentum", said Raimonds Vējonis.
The Deputy Prime Minister thanked for the consistent support in implementing the priorities of Ukraine on the path towards integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures. "Ukraine has made its geopolitical strategic choice to acquire membership in the EU and NATO. The strategic course for Ukraine's membership in the EU and NATO has become an integral part of the Constitution of Ukraine and, despite the change in the top leadership of the state, there can be no compromises regarding European and Euro-Atlantic integration", she added.
The Ukrainian official noted that the extended trade and economic cooperation is the priority in the bilateral relations. "Ukraine is committed to deepening its trade relations with Latvia, based on record levels of bilateral trade - almost half a billion euros in 2018, which is by 18% more than in the previous year", said Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze.
The parties also discussed prospects of cooperation within the framework of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Latvian Commission on Trade-Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which is slated for tomorrow.