EU sanctions must be uniform and prevent the possibility of their circumvention - Rinkevics

  • 2023-01-26
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The practice of applying sanctions within the member states of the European Union (EU) differs, including due to lack of experience or the unpreparedness of the management system, therefore it is essential to work on the introduction of a uniform practice, preventing the circumvention of sanctions, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) today during the annual foreign affairs debate at the Saeima.

While Russia continues the war in Ukraine and has occupied part of its territory, Latvia maintains an unchanged position of continuing the policy of strict sanctions against Russia, the politician emphasized. The European Union has already taken steps towards greater harmonization of sanctions compliance and liability for sanctions violations.

Rinkevics believes that Latvia was more ready for sanctions management than a number of other countries. Latvia is working on an even more nuanced sanctions management system.

According to the minister, compliance with sanctions requires an unshakable position - not to support the aggressor economically, not to get involved in evasion of sanctions, which is everyone's responsibility. He also said that any small-mindedness and trickery in evading sanctions can cost dearly not only personally, but also globally.

Both the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have had a significant impact on the scope of work and quality performance of Latvian diplomats and consular officials, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

Rinkevics called on MPs to support the priorities requested by the Latvian Foreign Service during the discussions on the 2023 state budget, especially by strengthening the staff capacity.