On Friday, 8 April, at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns, the Minister of Justice of Estonia, Marisa Laure, and the Minister of Justice of Lithuania, Evelīna Dobrovoļska, paid a working visit to Riga. During the meeting, the Baltic States’ Ministers of Justice expressed their strong condemnation of the war launched by the Putin regime in Ukraine and confirmed their support for Ukraine by bringing to justice the perpetrators of war crimes.
The Baltic States’ Ministers of Justice confirm their commitment to contribute to the International Criminal Court’s investigation into war crimes committed by the Putin regime in Ukraine. The Baltic States representatives agreed on the need to work together to support war-torn Ukraine and save the most important thing - human lives. The Ministers of Justice also expressed their support for Ukraine in ensuring and strengthening the rule of law after the military invasion, as the military aggression of the Putin regime in Ukraine shows that the Russian Federation, like the USSR in 1940, is an occupying power and the aggressor of the 21st century.
At the same time, the Ministers of Justice of Latvia and Lithuania agreed to travel to Kiev in the coming days to meet with the Minister of Justice of Ukraine to discuss joint involvement in the investigation of war crimes committed by the Putin regime.
At the end of the meeting, the Baltic States’ Ministers of Justice laid flowers at the Freedom Monument and honoured the memory of the Latvian freedom fighter Gunārs Astra at the “Do not be afraid!” monument dedicated to him.