RIGA - On Wednesday, the presidents of all three Baltic countries and Poland met with the leader of Ukraine in its capital Kyiv, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, who noted the immense significance of the visit by the Baltic and Polish presidents, underlining that it is a special gesture of support and friendship.
The presidents also visited devastated towns and villages to witness the horrible consequences of Russian aggression, LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery.
The presidents of Baltic states and Poland reassured the leader of Ukraine of their continued active support both in terms of military assistance and humanitarian aid.
President of Latvia Egils Levits, in particular, emphasized that Latvia is ready to support immediate granting of EU candidate country status to Ukraine. Latvia will call on European Union to decide on Ukraine’s candidate country status as soon as possible, said Levits. ''It is important for the Ukrainian people to see that their efforts in defending European values have not been in vain.''
''The tragic consequences of the war that we witnessed today only reaffirm our conviction that Russia and everyone responsible for these war crimes, from commanders to the shooters, must be held accountable for their actions,'' added President Levits.
The ports of Baltic states and Poland could become a part of Ukrainian grain export routes, hopes President Zelensky. The president of Latvia promised Latvia’s full cooperation in this area.
The heads of Baltic countries and Poland confirmed that efficient European Union sanctions against Russia have to be continued.
President Zelenskyy urged the international community to consider the destruction brought by Russia upon Ukraine. ''The world must understand that Ukraine needs support now, for our state to continue to function during the war, and we will need financial and economic aid after the war,'' said the leader of Ukraine.