Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs discuss deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hosted a meeting with the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Poroshenko’s press service announced that prospects of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas were discussed at the meeting.

The Ukrainian President thanked Latvia for its ongoing support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, for solidarity and assistance countering Russian aggression, and also for the condemnation of the Crimea’s illegal annexation.

Poroshenko expressed his appreciation of Latvia’s consistent position that the EU-imposed sanctions against Russia must remain until the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including the Crimea, is fully restored.  

Poroshenko told the Latvian Minister about the situation in the Donbas— particularly, he informed the Minister of the continued heavy-weapons shelling by Russian-controlled militants.

“The parties also confirmed their positions in the run-up to the Ukraine-EU Summit and activities within the framework of the July NATO Summit in Brussels. The Head of the State thanked Latvia for the active support of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine. Special attention was paid to the strong opposition to Russian interference in democratic electoral processes in Ukraine and EU countries,”  the statement of the President’s press service reads. 

The Latvian Foreign Minister noted the importance of an active international campaign in order to release Ukrainian political prisoners from Russian prisons. Previously, Poroshenko discussed the release of Ukrainian political prisoners with the Secretary General of the UN.

  Donbas, UN peacekeeping mission, Latvia, Ukraine