Latvia is one of the many European countries that support Ukraine's intention to get rid of the Soviet past, opting for the EU. Therefore, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Latvia has prepared a formal statement for its citizens, to warn them from traveling to the occupied Crimea.
Two years have passed since the Crimean illegal referendum on joining Russia, which was followed by the decision of the Russian Federation on the accession of Crimea to its territory. Latvia together with the European Union continues to fully support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, consistently implementing the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs reiterates that, in accordance with the Ukrainian normative acts the entry into the administrative territory of Ukraine, illegally annexed by Russia, is permitted only through Ukraine’s border checkpoints in the manner prescribed by law and after obtaining a special permission from Ukrainian authorities. Illegal crossing of the Ukrainian border on arrival in Crimea may bring to statutory responsibilities, including the prohibition to enter Ukraine in the future.
At the same time, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Latvia calls upon all citizens to refrain from traveling to the Crimean peninsula as it is impossible to provide consular assistance to travelers in the current circumstances in the region.