Interior Ministers of Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia Meet in Lviv to Address Regional Security Issues

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, April 15, 2024
Interior Ministers of Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia Meet in Lviv to Address Regional Security Issues

Interior ministers from Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia convened in Lviv to tackle pressing regional security issues, including the problems of landmines, border security, educational environment safety, migration, and arms control

This meeting follows a prior substantive gathering in Vilnius and underscores the continuous collaboration among these nations.

The discussions, as reported by the Cabinet of Ministers' press service, particularly focused on enhancing security against the backdrop of increased enemy assaults on Ukrainian civilian and critical infrastructure. The topics of landmines, creating safer educational spaces, and arms control were central to the agenda.

Ihor Klymenko, hosting the meeting, expressed his gratitude towards the Baltic states for their steadfast support over the years. "We are stable today, largely thanks to your help," he acknowledged. The meeting also featured a virtual reality presentation, allowing the ministers to visually grasp the devastation in cities like Bakhmut, Izyum, and Bucha, caused by the Russian military.

Agne Bilotaite, the Lithuanian Minister of Internal Affairs, reassured Ukraine of unwavering support: "We are here to affirm our commitment to stand by you until your victory, and witness the atrocities committed in your peaceful towns."

The meeting also addressed infrastructure challenges, with Klymenko inviting the Baltic countries to participate in pilot projects aimed at reconstructing Ukrainian police stations in Makariv and Kryvyi Rih. Estonia’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Lauri Läenemets, pledged continued support in demining, training, and the rebuilding of police infrastructure.

Latvia's contribution to the reconstruction, particularly in the Chernihiv region, was highlighted by their Interior Minister, Rihards Kozlovkis, who emphasized the importance of ensuring suitable living conditions for returning citizens. Kozlovkis also noted the effective control over weapon circulation by the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, highlighting that during the two years of intense conflict, no weapons had crossed into EU territory from Ukraine.

These discussions underscore a deepened cooperation and shared commitment among these countries to address complex security challenges and support Ukraine’s resilience and recovery in the face of ongoing conflict.

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