The foreign ministers of countries of Northern Europe, the Baltic States and the Visegrad Group, comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, ended in the Baltic Sea resort town of Jurmala, Latvia, on Friday.


“The ministers pointed to the need to immediately grant the right of visa-free travel to [the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine],” the Latvian Foreign Ministry said after the two-day meeting. The foreign ministers also confirmed their readiness to support the implementation of the EU association agreements with Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova and develop cooperation with other countries, the ministers said in a statement released after the meeting.


The foreign ministers of 12 countries, including Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, attended the conference, which was devoted to security issues, energy cooperation, questions related to Eastern partnership and other European problems.


Earlier this week, the European Commission officially offered Ukraine to cancel the visa regime.




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