RIGA - Yesterday at Riga Castle, Latvian President Egils Levits met with Refat Chubarov, political leader of the Crimean Tatars, expressing Latvia’s unwavering support for the territorial unity of Ukraine and Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion, the Presidential Press Service informed LETA.
“Russia’s war in Ukraine began in 2014, and it must also end in Crimea with Ukraine’s victory, the territorial unity of Ukraine, the decolonization of Crimea,” President Levits emphasized during the meeting.
Chubarov expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Latvia for its unwavering support for Crimea and the whole of Ukraine. The political leader of the Crimean Tatars highly appreciated the clear and strong support for the need to comply with international law, liberate Crimea and ensure the territorial integrity of Ukraine as expressed by the President of Latvia at the first and second conference of the international Crimea Platform.
“Having survived an occupation, Soviet repressions, colonization, Latvia understands extremely well the situation in Crimea, which Russia has not only occupied, but also colonized in violation of international law,” he said.
The President of Latvia stressed that this is a blatant violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention.
President Levits highlighted that Ukraine and the democratic world at large must continue to remind Russia about these violations of international law, as well as constantly reiterate that war crimes and the perpetrators thereof will be brought to justice sooner or later. Latvia has joined Ukraine’s claim submitted to the International Court about the crimes perpetrated in Ukraine by Russia, the President of Latvia noted.
When discussing Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion, the Ambassador of Ukraine Olexandr Mischenko thanked the people of Latvia for their selfless donations and volunteer work: “Latvia is the driver of European solidarity.”
The President of Latvia also said that Latvia is continuing to urge states in Europe and around the world to provide the necessary military support for Ukraine. The President of Latvia also emphasized that alongside fighting on the battlefield, Ukraine is also continuing to win in the information war and that is a great achievement for Ukraine.