Saeima vice-speaker urges Ukraine to stay on course to Europe

  • 2021-02-25
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - It is important that young people who want to keep Ukraine on course to the European Union and build a democratic and open society get involved into politics, Saeima Vice Speaker Dagmara Beitnere-Le Galla (New Conservative Party) said in a conversation with Ukrainian Ambassador to Latvia Olexander Mischenko. 

"We wish Ukraine to have strength to continue resisting Russia's aggression. You can count on Latvia's unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Do not lose your compass on your way to Europe," Saeima spokespeople quoted Beitnere-Le Galla as saying in the conversation, which took place by video link. 

The Saeima vice-speaker noted that tomorrow marks an anniversary of resistance to Crimea's occupation. In that context, the Latvian lawmaker voiced Latvia's support for the people of Ukraine. The ambassador said that thanks to the support provided by Latvia and other countries, Ukraine can fight not only for its own independence but also for European values in Ukrainian territory. 

The ambassador also thanked Latvia for providing the opportunity to young Ukrainians to study in Latvia, stressing that knowledge is the way to a new Ukraine. 

The Saeima speaker urged the ambassador to deepen bilateral economic cooperation, adding that parliamentary cooperation is also a way to build new cooperation bridges as it promotes mutual trust. 

While discussing the planned creation of the international Crimea Platform, both sides agreed that it will help keeping the illegal annexation of Crimea on the international agenda.