Russian Foreign Ministry official visits Riga

On 14 November in Riga, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russia, Vladimir Titov, who is in Latvia to take part in the regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Rinkēvičs gave a positive evaluation of the work accomplished by the intergovernmental commission and the commission for the demarcation of the Latvia-Russia border.

“Although we have a different opinion on the conflict in Ukraine, and we do not recognise and [we] condemn the annexation of Crimea, we wish to carry forward practical cooperation with Russia in matters where it is possible under present circumstances,” Rinkēvičs said.

The Minister also called on the Russian side to implement the Minsk agreements, as currently there is no progress on the issue.

During the meeting, the Latvian Foreign Minister said that Latvia wishes to repossess the originals of Latvian films created in 1919-1940. Latvia is going to celebrate the centennial of its statehood next year, and the originals of those movies is a vital element of Latvia’s cultural heritage, said Rinkēvičs. 

The parties also exchanged views on the issues of current importance in international relations and politics, including developments in Iran, North Korea and the Middle East.

Titov also met State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, and discussed topics of bilateral cooperation as well as security and international politics. The talks addressed security climate in the region, the ZAPAD military exercise, conflicts in Eastern Ukraine and Syria, and alarming developments in relation to North Korea. Andrejs Pildegovičs called on Russia to take confidence-building measures towards the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, and in the Baltic Sea region.

Andrejs Pildegovičs and Vladimir Titov signed two documents: the Plan of Cooperation between both Foreign Ministries for 2018-2019; and the Agreement on Amendments to the Agreement of 20 December 2010 between the Government of the Republic of Latvia and the Government of the Russian Federation on Facilitating Mutual Journeys of Border Residents of the Republic of Latvia and the Russian Federation.

Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis, also met with Vladimir Titov during his visit.

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