EU Advisory Mission Ukraine should have stronger representation in eastern Ukraine – Rinkevics

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The European Union (EU) Advisory Mission Ukraine should have a stronger representation in eastern Ukraine, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) believes.

Today, Rinkevics participated in the meeting of the EUForeign Affairs Council in Brussels, at which the EU member states held a discussion on the reform process Ukraine, including the upcoming election, the security situation in the east of the country and the region of the Sea of Azov, as well as possible further EU support for Ukraine’s eastern regions.

Sharing views on the state of affairs in Ukraine, the Latvian foreign minister drew the participants’ attention to the special significance of the present point in time, when the bloody events that unfolded in Ukraine five years ago are being commemorated.

“Latvia welcomes the political agreement reached on additional sanctions in relation to Russia’s actions against the Ukrainian Navy vessels in the Kerch Strait,” the Latvian minister said.

Latvia believes that the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) should be stronger represented in the eastern Ukraine, Rinkevics underlined.

The ministers at the meeting also discussed developments in Venezuela, the conflict in Syria and preparations for the third donors’ conference (Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region) scheduled for March 13 and 14.

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