During a working trip to Luhansk region, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a video conference with President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits. As a result of the conversation, the heads of state signed a joint Declaration on Ukraine's European prospect, as press service of the head of state reported.
In the document the two leaders commend the significant progress made in implementing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, support the need to update it, agree on the need for a strategic revision of the Eastern Partnership initiative and express intentions to strengthen joint efforts to support Ukraine's integration into the European Union.
The presidents also noted Ukraine's intention to apply for EU membership in the future and agreed that the Republic of Latvia will support Ukraine when our state is ready for this responsible step.
Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Egils Levits for supporting Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Separately, the heads of state discussed the aggravation of the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea. They stressed the importance of launching the Crimean Platform as a mechanism for the deoccupation of Crimea and the protection of the rights of people living on the peninsula. Egils Levits confirmed his participation in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform in Kyiv on August 23 this year.
Latvia became the third country with which such a Declaration was signed.
Meanwhile, the NATO summit, which will take place on June 14 in Brussels, will be held without Ukraine's participation, but the agenda includes the question of Ukraine's possible receipt of a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP).