As reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General, on Friday, January 13th, the Prosecutor General, Yuriy Lutsenko, met with the Prosecutor General of Latvia, Ēriks Kalnmeiers, and the guidance of the Bureau on prevention and struggle against corruption (KNAB).
As noted, the parties were discussing the cooperation in current criminal proceedings and particularly agreed with the government of Latvia to assist in the investigation of Ukrainian ex-officials and the return of illegally acquired assets.
"One of the main tasks of the Ukrainian procuratorial bodies is the establishment of cooperation mechanisms with the competent authorities of key jurisdictions and to develop an effective strategy for the return of funds that were illegally withdrawn from our country," Lutsenko stressed.
"The Ukrainian-Latvian consultations took place in a spirit of mutual understanding and the meeting led to a constructive and facilitating development of inter-state relations in a legal sphere," the Prosecutor General added.
As of this agreement, Latvia recovered 50 million euro that belonged to Ukrainian ex-officials and were seized as part of the effort to combat money laundering. As the country’s Prosecutor General explained, Ukraine has not provided information that this money was stolen from the state and should be returned.