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Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Latvian Prime Minister Evika Silina in Riga, Latvia on April 4, 2024. (PM Denys Shmyhal/Telegram)
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Editor's note: The listed amount of total aid provided by Latvia to Ukraine has been updated based on Prime Minister Evika Silina's statement on social media.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal arrived in Riga, Latvia, and met with his Latvian counterpart, Evika Silina, Shmyhal said on his Telegram channel on April 4.

The two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Latvia, including military assistance, according to Shmyhal.

Ukraine's head of government's trip to Latvia follows his visit to neighboring Estonia, where he met Estonian President Alar Karis.

"The Latvian society supports Ukraine because we see ourselves in it. We remember the struggle against the Soviet empire," Silina said during a joint press conference with Shmyhal.

Counting an upcoming defense package in April, Riga's military assistance to Ukraine will amount to 392 million euros (around $425 million), the Latvian prime minister said, while pledging to commit 0.25% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) to aid Kyiv every year.

Latvia's neighbor, Estonia, previously made the same commitment.

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"Latvia also plans to continue helping Ukraine further, and we are preparing the next defense aid package this month," Silina said, saying that Riga will supply Kyiv with ammunition and other equipment.

Speaking on the topic of the Latvian-led drone coalition, Silina revealed that Riga soon plans to deliver 1 million euros ($1.1 million) worth of drones to Ukraine.

Riga has also pledged 10 million euros ($11 million) to the Czech-led initiative to purchase the sorely needed artillery shells for Ukraine, the Latvian prime minister said.

Earlier this week, the Latvian government approved 5.3 million euros (roughly $5.7 million) in support of Ukraine's reconstruction in 2024, namely in Chernihiv Oblast, as well as 4.3 million euros ($4.6 million) in defense assistance via the European Peace Facility.

"We are happy that among our Latvian colleagues, we find complete understanding, a united position, and the same values," Shmyhal said, extending Kyiv's thanks for Riga's support.

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