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Vejonis: Ukrainians have finally tasted freedom

  • 2015-10-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff/VILNIUS

On his first official visit to Ukraine, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis has said Ukrainians have finally felt freedom and independence and do not want to give up.

Speaking about the country’s reform progress in Ukraine, Vejonis said the processes are difficult and complicated for such a large country to implement, and it is necessary to factor in the large number of political parties and decision makers. 

"At the same time, we see them making progress step by step,” said Vejonis. “They are able to make important decisions for the state.

Vejonis added that Ukraine still has a lot of progress to make-up to be considered a fully developed country.  

"We in Latvia are not fully developed yet, because we also have much to do.

“However, it is not easy for Ukrainians, but they have finally tasted freedom and independence. They do not want to give up this feeling. 

They want this feeling to turn into a united, independent and developed Ukraine. They are ready to work on it.”

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis began his visit to Ukraine on October 27.

Vejonis met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Volodymyr Groysman, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament).