Ukraine and Latvia signed a bilateral security agreement

Ukraine and Latvia signed a bilateral security agreement

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs signed a bilateral security agreement between the two countries.

The President of Ukraine reported on this on his social media page.

According to the agreement, Latvia will provide Ukraine with military assistance worth 0.25% of GDP annually.

In addition, Latvia undertakes a 10-year commitment to support Ukraine in cyber defense, mine clearance, and unmanned technologies, and definitely supports Ukraine’s accession to the EU and NATO.

“Thanks to friendly Latvia! This is exactly the kind of specificity and predictability that our struggle for freedom and independence needs,” the statement reads.

Assistance from Latvia

Militarnyi reported in early April that this year, Latvia will send drones to Ukraine within the Drone Coalition and will provide funding for a Czech initiative to purchase ammunition for Ukraine.

Latvia assists Ukraine both bilaterally and through international organizations. This year, Latvia’s total support for Ukraine will reach €850 million.

In 2024, Latvia’s state assistance for Ukraine will exceed €200 million, and military assistance will amount to about 0.25% of Latvia’s gross domestic product, or about €112 million. The country is committed to maintaining this annual assistance in 2025 and 2026.

A new military assistance package to Ukraine is planned for April. The plan is to provide material assistance worth €22.2 million, including weapons and ammunition from the Latvian National Armed Forces stockpiles.

This aid package will include mainly ammunition, explosives, weapons, vehicles, and personal and support equipment.

As part of the Drone Coalition, Latvia plans to allocate at least €10 million for the purchase of drones in 2024.

Latvia will also provide funding for the Czech initiative to purchase 155-millimeter shells for a total of about €10 million.

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