Latvia to continue support territorial integrity of Ukraine – foreign minister
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs has said his country will continue support territorial integrity of Ukraine.
"On the 5th Anniversary of so called referendum organized by Russia and illegal occupation & annexation of Ukraine's Crimea I reaffirm Latvia's unwavering position that Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine, we'll continue support territorial integrity of Ukraine," he wrote on Twitter on March 16, 2019.
UNIAN memo. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014 after its troops had occupied the peninsula. An illegal referendum was held for Crimeans to decide on accession to Russia. De-facto Crimean authorities reported that allegedly 96.77% of the Crimean population had voted for joining Russia. On March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin. The West did not recognize the annexation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Ukraine's parliament voted to designate February 20, 2014, as the official date when the temporary occupation of Crimea began.