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JOINT STATEMENT BY LITHUANIAN, LATVIAN, ESTONIAN COMPETITION AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE

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We, the heads of the Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian Competition Authorities, support the condemnation by our national governments of Russia‘s open large-scale aggression against an independent, peaceful, and democratic state of Ukraine.

We agree that this unacceptable act of aggression is a blatant violation of international law, of all civilized norms. It is also a crime against the people of Ukraine. So, the entire international community must firmly condemn Russia‘s aggression and impose the toughest possible sanctions in response to such outrageous acts, including Russia’s political isolation.

Russia‘s aggression violates fundamental values protected by competition policy – the well-being of citizens, businesses and society as a whole. We therefore urge the governing bodies of the International Competition Network to suspend Russia’s and its individual experts’ participation in any form at all the upcoming events organized by the International Competition Network.

Šarūnas Keserauskas, Chairman, Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania

Märt Ots, Director General, Competition Authority of the Republic of Estonia

Juris Gaikis, Chairman, Competition Council Republic of the Republic of Latvia