On May 16-17, 2019 the delegation led by Ms Ivana Klympush-Tsintsadze, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine paid a working visit to Latvia. The purpose of the visit was to hold the 7th meeting of the Ukrainian-Latvian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.
Ms Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze was received by President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš. Bilateral meetings have taken place with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, Minister for Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Economics Ralfs Nemiro.
The Latvian side reaffirmed the continued support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and stressed its willingness to continue supporting the European integration course of Ukraine, the approach to NATO. The sides pointed out the effective cooperation at the international level and the need to intensify international efforts to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and to increase political and economic pressure on Russia in case of its escalation, in particular in the context of the recent steps taken by the Russian Federation regarding another blatant violation of international law - simplification of procedures for awarding Russian citizenship status for residents of the Ukrainian Donbass.
The Latvian side were briefed that the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine enshrined in the Constitution after the recent presidential election would be continued, on progress regarding implementation of reforms by the Government of Ukraine, improving conditions for trade and investment in the Ukrainian economy, continuing Russian military aggression, countering the hybrid war and information propaganda, which Russia has carried out against our state.
Ms Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze thanked for active support of Ukraine at the political level, providing assistance in advancing the reform agenda, implementation of educational projects, as well as the continuation of the rehabilitation programme of Ukrainian servicemen.
In the context of the discussion of the development of bilateral trade and investment cooperation, the Sides stressed the stable levels of Ukrainian-Latvian trade turnover in 2018 ($ 550 million), the positive impact of the Association Agreement, which regulates the rules of trade between Ukraine and the EU and promotes the intensification of bilateral economic exchange.
Within the framework of the joint plenary session of the Ukrainian-Latvian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, the Sides outlined new perspectives of cooperation in the fields of agriculture, transport and innovation, tourism, education, science, youth policy and sports.
The Sides discussed the issues concerning protection of rights, interests and assets of Latvian entrepreneurs in Ukraine. The Ukrainian side informed the Latvian side on measures taken by the Ukrainian Government in order to protect the rights of foreign investors in Ukraine and, the Latvian in particular.
In the light of the Commission, the Heads of the Ukrainian and Latvian delegations signed the Protocol of the 7th session. The bilateral agreements that have been reached, first of all in the economic sphere and their practical implementation, would assist increasing of mutual trade, intensification of investment cooperation and other areas of mutual interest.
During its visit, Deputy Prime Minister laid flowers on monument to Taras Shevchenko in Riga, met with the Ukrainian community, took part in the events of the Embassy of Ukraine and the Ukrainian community in Latvia on the occasion of the Day of the national embroidered shirt (or Vyshyvanka).
Ms Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze gave interviews to the public Latvian television and news portal DELFI.