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Latvian Foreign Ministry: The Baltic States and Poland oppose the entry of the Russian Federation into the 2024 Olympics

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The IOC has issued a statement according to which Russian and Belarusian athletes may be allowed to participate in competitions in a neutral status.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said on January 31 that the Baltic countries and Poland oppose the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Olympic Games, this also applies to the possibility of performing under a neutral flag. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

“We all agree that as long as Russia, with the support of Belarus, continues unprovoked direct aggression against Ukraine, such a step cannot be supported, it is unacceptable,” he said.

As you know, in February 2022, the IOC recommended that international sports federations remove the Russians and Belarusians from their competitions because of the aggression against Ukraine. Most federations have followed the IOC’s recommendations.

However, recently the IOC issued a statement according to which Russian and Belarusian athletes may be allowed to participate in international competitions in a neutral status, provided that they do not support the Russian military aggression in Ukraine.

The Summer Olympics will be held from July 26 to August 11, 2024 in Paris.

Remember that in Europe they supported the IOC’s position on the return of the Russians.

Earlier, the NOC reported that if the Russians were admitted, Ukraine could boycott the Olympics.

In addition, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent a letter to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron regarding Russia’s entry into the Olympics, which will be held in Paris, stating that such a decision is unacceptable.

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