Latvia to organize international conference in framework of Crimea Platform

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
07 October 2021, 12:51
Canan Kevser
07 October 2021, 12:51

Latvia is planning to organize a major international conference on the occupation of Crimea in the framework of Crimea Platform events.

Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk met with Vice Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla, who is on an official visit to Ukraine. 

Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla, the Deputy Speaker of Saeima (Latvian parliament), said this at a meeting with Olena Kondratiuk, Deputy Speaker of Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) in Kyiv on October 6.

During the meeting which is also attended by the Ambassador of Latvia to Ukraine Ilgvars Kļava, the parties agreed to coordinate efforts within the Crimean Platform, according to the Verkhovna Rada press service.

"In particular, Latvia plans to organize a major international conference on the occupation of Crimea as an example of a violation of international law," the message on the website said.

Discussing the historical ties of the two peoples as well as the restoration and preservation of the historical consciousness on the crimes of totalitarian regimes, Kondratiuk said that Latvia and Ukraine had a mutual past and a common European future.

"We have a common past, but we also have a common European future. We are delighted and proud that we have extremely friendly and collaborative relations with Latvia both at the interstate and interparliamentary level," the Ukrainian politician said.

She added that the Verkhovna Rada highly appreciates the creation of the Crimea Platform Group at the Saeima.

The Latvian Vice Speaker in turn assured that Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity are very important for Latvia, noting that the Latvian side was ready for the active work within the Crimea Platform.

The parties also discussed the issues of Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration and cooperation in the PACE within the framework of the Baltic+ format and the intensification of Ukraine's cooperation with the Three Seas Initiative.

"We should collectively respond to the hybrid threats against our countries and security across Europe," Kondratiuk asserted.

The politician expressed the need to jointly oppose Nord Stream 2 as a geopolitical project of the Russian Federation and impose all possible sanctions on the members of the Russian State Duma elected in the occupied Crimea and the organizers of the illegal elections.

The Saeima Deputy Speaker said that Latvia was ready to take decisive action on this path together with Ukraine and expected appropriate steps from the Ukrainian side.