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Rinkevics: Riga’s summit will support Ukraine’s reform endeavours

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Latvia does not recognize the illegitimate annexation of Crimea. Ukraine should be allowed to freely determine the orientation of its foreign policy. Riga’s summit will express clear support to Ukraine’s reform endeavours,» – said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics during a meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission.

The Foreign Minister confirmed that Latvia will continue supporting the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and providing humanitarian aid to Ukrainian residents.

On the first day of the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Antalya, 13 May, Rinkevics participated in a discussion about the achieved progress in Afghanistan, NATO’s cooperation with Ukraine and security challenges NATO faces on the east and south.

The minister expressed Latvia’s collective support to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and added that Latvia will continue providing support to Afghani national armed forces. «It is highly important to achieve stability in the progress we have achieved in the region’s security. Afghanistan’s accomplishments will play an even bigger role. At the same time, it is important to strengthen cooperation with other countries of the region in order to secure a lasting stability there,» – said Rinkevics.

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