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Latvia wants to join negotiations on Ukraine-Poland border unblock

Latvia wants to join negotiations on Ukraine-Poland border unblock Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš (facebook com karinskrisjanis)

Latvia is prepared to participate in talks aimed at resolving the border blockade between Ukraine and Poland, reports the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

The Latvian Foreign Minister, Krišjānis Kariņš, expressed Latvia's willingness to assist in resolving the border blockade situation during a phone call with Poland's Minister of European Affairs, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk.

"The Latvian Foreign Minister conveyed Latvia’s readiness to be involved and provide assistance in seeking solutions to the situation," the message states.

The ministers also discussed the upcoming decision of the EU Council regarding the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union. Kariņš confirmed that Latvia supports Ukraine on the way to European integration, noting that the negotiations should start already this year.

The ministers also discussed cooperation between Latvia and Poland within the EU and the future development of the EU.

Border blockade by Polish carriers

The ongoing border blockade by Polish carriers, who demand a return to the permit system, has disrupted freight transport at Ukrainian-Polish border checkpoints since November 6. The carriers rejected joint proposals on November 16, prolonging the strike.

Here is a special report about extensive truck queues at the border, prepared by RBC-Ukraine's special reporter.