"Ukraine has always been viewed as important, but in 2014 turned into a strategic partner”, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovičs said at a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Olena Zerkal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on 22 March.
Mr Pildegovičs confirmed invariable support of Latvia of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
During the meeting the parties stated high level of bilateral political dialogue and common approaches to key issues of international agenda.
By way of discussing practical support of Latvia in implementation of reforms in Ukraine, the Latvian Foreign Ministry State Secretary emphasized the readiness of his country to share experience in electronic government, strategic communications, national minorities education and phytosanitary control reforms.
In the context of fighting information and propaganda war waged by Russia Andrejs Pildegovičs remarked that Latvia as nobody understands, how the Russian propaganda machine works, as since 1990s it has been suffering all those cliché, which Russia uses against Ukraine now.
The parties to the meeting underscored the importance of fixing by the Ukrainian parliament of the decision of accession to NATO as a strategic aim. As it was also highlighted, it was important to strengthen cooperation in combating hybrid threats, which directly threaten national interests of Ukraine and the Alliance’s member-states.
The parties remarked the high dynamic of implementation by Ukraine of the Association Agreement and positive trends in trade with the EU, as proved by 2017 performance. The parties also discussed the importance of profound preparation to the International conference of implementation of reforms in Ukraine, planned for late June in Copenhagen.