President Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with Speaker of the Latvian Parliament Ināra Mūrniece.
The President has thanked Latvia for a strong position of solidarity in support of Ukraine and informed Ināra Mūrniece on the results of negotiations in Minsk. "Notwithstanding the fact that we managed to reach an agreement on ceasefire and pullback of heavy weaponry, there is a risk of escalation," Petro Poroshenko noted.
The Head of State has emphasized the importance of joint efforts of Ukraine and the EU countries for making Russia fulfill its declared commitments including the liberation of all hostages and detained persons. The President once again mentioned the need for liberation of Nadiya Savchenko who is kept in Russian prison.
The Speaker of Latvia has particularly emphasized that her country was not going to revise its position within the EU policy on Russia.
The parties have discussed the next Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, at which the decision on a visa-free regime for Ukraine is expected. The President has emphasized that Ukraine had fulfilled all its technical tasks. Now, one has to make a political decision, which will provide an opportunity for Ukrainians to travel to the EU without a visa. "Despite war, despite difficult conditions, Ukraine has fulfilled its commitments and counts on the support. The introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukraine would be a good example for other member-states of the Eastern Partnership," Petro Poroshenko said.
The Speaker of the Latvian Parliament has assured the President of solidarity and unity with Ukraine. "What is related to Ukraine can also be related to Latvia," she said.
Ināra Mūrniece has noted that Latvia had been always supporting Ukraine. Currently, there is a great activity in Latvian society aimed at supporting Ukraine. For example, thanks to the efforts of Latvian NGOs and volunteers, a charity concert in the resort town of Jūrmala for the Ukrainian children evacuated from the ATO area is scheduled for July 6.
Latvia has offered assistance in the implementation of reforms and expressed readiness to share its reformatory experience.
The meeting was also attended by Commissioner of the President for the Peaceful Settlement of the Situation in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions Iryna Gerashchenko, who discussed the program of humanitarian interaction between the two countries in details with the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament.