Latvia rules out participation in Putin’s ‘inauguration’, says Foreign Minister

Latvian Foreign Minister Baiba Braze
Latvian Foreign Minister Baiba Braze

Latvian officials will not attend so-called "inauguration" of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, the country’s Foreign Minister Baiba Braze wrote on X on May 5.

"Latvian Embassy representatives will not attend the inauguration of the head of an aggressor state, which is attacking everything we stand for,” she wrote.

“Putin is wanted for war crimes by the ICC (International Criminal Court)."

Earlier, similar intentions to ignore Putin's "inauguration" were also announced by the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Canada, the Czech Republic, and Estonia.

On April 25, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on EU member states and the international community not to recognize the results of sham Russian presidential election.

The resolution called for sanctions against those involved in conducting "election" in occupied Ukrainian territories, and for EU countries to limit relations with the Russian government.

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The joint motion for a resolution, published on April 24, said that the elections were held in illegally occupied territories of Ukraine were neither free nor fair and did not meet basic international electoral standards, and thus lacked democratic legitimacy.

On April 17, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) officially declared Putin illegitimate and called on the Council of Europe and European Union member states to cease any contact with his "criminal regime.”

The sham vote held by Russia between March 15 and 17 was conducted without any political competition, "in a severely restricted environment of systemic and grave repression and during the Russian Federation’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine."

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