The Baltic states and Poland are opposing Russian and Belarusian athletes' participation at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. According to Ukraine’s allies, athletes from these countries should be banned from competing, even under a neutral flag. The decision was announced by the Latvian foreign minister.
During the Tokyo Olympics, Russian athletes competed under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee. They were not allowed to use the national flag of the Russian Federation as a result of Russia’s violations of international law.
“We all are in agreement that as long as Russia, being supported by Belarus, continues its unprovoked direct aggression against Ukraine, such a decision should not be supported as it is unacceptable,” Edgar Rinkēvičs said during a press conference in Riga.
The statement was made after a meeting of foreign ministers by Poland, Lithuania and Estonia: Zbigniew Rau, Gabrielius Landsbergis and Urmas Reinsalu, respectively.
Baltijas valstu un Polijas ārlietu ministri pārrunā aktuālos drošības un aizsardzības politikas jautājumus reģionā, atbalstu Ukrainai 🇺🇦, kā arī paraksta deklarāciju par sadarbības padziļināšanu reģionā.— Ārlietu ministrija 🇱🇻 | #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 (@Arlietas) January 31, 2023
🇪🇪 🇱🇻 🇱🇹 🇵🇱 ārlietu ministru kopīgs paziņojums ➡️ https://t.co/ItUrHpXkR0 pic.twitter.com/qQzOsF5tOv
Ukraine officials have stated the country’s athletes will not take part in the Olympics if Russian and Belarusian athletes will be admitted for participation.
#IOC is a promoter of war, murder & destruction. The IOC watches with pleasure RF destroying 🇺🇦 & then offers 🇷🇺 a platform to promote genocide & encourages their further killings.— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) January 30, 2023
Obviously ru-money that buys Olympic hypocrisy doesn’t have a smell of 🇺🇦 blood. Right, Mr. #Bach?