Latvian officials congratulate Sweden on NATO's accession

Latvian officials, welcoming Sweden's accession to NATO on Monday February 26, emphasize that Sweden joining will strengthen the security of the region and the alliance as a whole.

The country's President, Edgars Rinkēvičs, said in a statement on social networks that Sweden's admission to the alliance would greatly improve the security of both regional and allied countries.

“The Baltic Sea is now the NATO lake,” the President wrote.

Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) said that security and defense of Latvia, NATO and Baltic Sea region will benefit from this step.

Defense Minister Andris Sprūds (Progressives) congratulated Swedish Defence Minister Pål Jonson and the Swedish people. He believes that with Sweden as an ally, the deterrence and protection of the Baltic region has become stronger than ever.

Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) also joined the congratulations.

Hungary's Parliament ratified Sweden's accession to NATO on Monday.

In response to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership in May 2022. Turkey and Hungary were delayed in ratifying both countries.

Finland joined NATO last April.


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