Finland, Estonia, Poland to help mark centenary of Latvian-Russian peace treaty

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On 11 August 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, will arrive in Riga in response to an invitation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and take part in events to mark the centenary of signing the Treaty of Peace between Latvia and Russia, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said August 5. 

"As part of the visit, the Foreign Ministers will discuss the latest foreign policy developments, security and regional cooperation issues. In addition to a joint discussion, the Ministers also intend to have bilateral meetings. The Latvian, Estonian, Finish and Polish Foreign Ministers will then take part in an exchange of views at an event dedicated to the centenary of the Peace Treaty at Riga Castle. The participants will be addressed by the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, the Speaker of the Saeima, Ināra Mūrniece, and the Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš," the release said.

However, no mention was made of Russian participation in the events. 

Latvia and Soviet Russia signed a Treaty of Peace in Riga on 11 August 1920. This agreement represented the resolution of the Latvian War of Independence which had begun in November 1918 with the invasion of Soviet Russia into the territory of the newly-proclaimed Republic of Latvia. With this Peace Treaty, the Soviet government voluntarily and irrevocably renounced all sovereign rights of the Russian State over the Latvian people and Latvia’s territory, though its later actions were to suggest otherwise.

The original of the Treaty of Peace will be on public display at the Latvian National History Museum at Brīvības bulvāris 32, from 12 to 28 August.

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