Ukraine should be given everything it needs: Latvian FM

Photo: Twitter/@edgarsrinkevics

Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvia’s Foreign Minister, stated in an interview with CNN that Western countries should provide Ukraine with everything the country needs to defend itself.

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As he added, Kyiv could be provided with long-range missiles that would allow Ukraine to fire on targets in Russia.

The transfer of such missiles would not be an escalation but only constitute a “response” by the Ukrainians, which would be a legitimate self-defence action under the principles of the UN Charter, Rinkēvičs said.

“If the Russians continue to shell Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, causing hardship for millions of Ukrainians, then Ukraine has every right to respond. As a result, Ukrainians should be able to get anything they want," the official said in a video posted on his social media.

He says that Russia is losing the military war in Ukraine, which is why it keeps changing its strategies and aims its missiles mostly at energy facilities.

“It is not us who choose escalation, but the Kremlin," the minister said, adding that it is in the best interest of the whole West to give Kyiv all the help it needs because it will stop another wave of Ukrainians from leaving their country because of how hard it is to live there in the winter.