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Ukraine launches security guarantee talks with Latvia

“Ukraine’s task is to ensure that each such agreement strengthens our country, brings victory closer and contributes to international law and order,” Ukraine’s Presidential Office statement read.
Ukraine-Latvia security guarantee talks
Ukraine-Latvia security guarantee talks. Credit: Ukraine’s Presidential Office
Ukraine launches security guarantee talks with Latvia

In alignment with the G7 Declaration of Support for Ukraine, the Ukrainian government has initiated discussions with Latvia on a bilateral security pact, Ukraine’s Presidential Office announced on 14 March.

Ukraine has already signed security deals with the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, and Canada to bolster its defense capabilities and ensure continued Western military support amid Russia’s ongoing invasion.

Led by Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the delegation engaged in initial talks spearheaded by Deputy Head Ihor Zhovkva. The team, comprising representatives from Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Strategic Industries, outlined the agreement’s scope, key elements, and thematic blocks, setting a schedule for future negotiations.

Ukraine is actively pursuing similar negotiations with various countries, including the US, Japan, Romania, Norway, Spain, Greece, and Finland, demonstrating its commitment to enhancing global security ties.

“Ukraine’s task is to ensure that each such agreement strengthens our country, brings victory closer and contributes to international law and order,” the statement read.

To protect itself from future Russian aggression, Ukraine applied to join NATO in September 2022. Some observers expected Kyiv to receive an invitation to the alliance at the NATO Summit in Vilnius, but this did not happen. Instead, the G7 leaders agreed to a Joint Declaration on Support for Ukraine, which includes working on long-term security commitments.

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