President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia Eva-Maria Liimets, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis.
The President thanked the Baltic states for their strong support of Ukraine during the Russian invasion.
“You are our closest and most reliable friends, because you were the first to support Ukraine from the very beginning of this war, from the very beginning of the threat from the Russian Federation. You supported us with both weapons and your actions in diplomacy. Your people, the population supported us in all aspects and in all directions,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The President stressed that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are the best advocates of Ukraine both in the European Union and in the whole world.
“Thank you for this meeting, for the support of Ukraine, for this signal to our people,” the President said, addressing the ministers.
For their part, the Baltic Foreign Ministers underscored their support for our country’s European integration aspirations. They offered to help Ukraine rebuild the social infrastructure destroyed by the war, including schools and kindergartens.
During the meeting, special attention was paid to the importance of increasing sanctions on the Russian Federation on the part of the EU and the entire international community. Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the leading role of the Baltic states in this direction and stressed: “It is extremely important not only to increase sanctions pressure, but also to maintain the integrity of sanctions. They must be as effective as possible. We must not allow the aggressor to circumvent them and continue to finance the criminal war against Ukraine.”