On 2 July 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, Canada, an annual international event jointly organised by the Governments of Canada and Ukraine.
In his remarks to the audience, Edgars Rinkēvičs reiterated Latvia’s consistent support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. “We will maintain an explicit non-recognition policy regarding the illegal annexation of Crimea. The situation in the conflict-affected area remains fragile, and Russia’s aggressive actions near the Kerch Straight adds to the further deterioration of the situation,” said Edgars Rinkēvičs.
“Latvia will continue providing humanitarian aid to the regions of eastern Ukraine, which includes, among other things, medical and psychological assistance to Ukrainian soldiers and their families,” the Foreign Minister emphasised.
Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed satisfaction with the fact that the Presidential elections in Ukraine had been held in accordance with international standards, and he voiced hope that the upcoming parliamentary elections would also be organized in line with the internationally accepted standards for democratic election.
“Successful implementation of reforms will bring us closer to our common goal – to have a sovereign, democratic, secure and prosperous Ukraine in a united Europe. To this end, Latvia will continue supporting the reforms implemented by the Ukrainian government and giving help to Ukraine’s civil society,” said Edgars Rinkēvičs at the conclusion of his speech.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation, Opportunity and Democracy in Ukraine Now”. The event aims at pursuing a discussion on the course of current reforms in Ukraine and identifying further measures to step up the reform efforts. It is dedicated to engaging with civil society in public administration processes and the promotion of economic development.
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