President Levits gives Russia reminder at United Nations

While on working visit to the United States of America on 22-27 September, the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, participated in the UN General Assembly in New York September 24, giving his first speech to fellow leaders.

His oration covered numerous different topics including rule of law, sustainable development, hybrid threats to democracy, digital technology and climate change. In most of these cases, Levits simply stated that international cooperation was required.

However, at a couple of points he got a bit more specific. On digital data he said: "The UN must actively promote discussion of personal data protection in cyberspace, especially the ethical and legal standards for the collection and use of personal data."

And he laid down another clear marker to Russia saying:

"I must point to Russia’s open disrespect for the principles of international law, as violation of Ukraine’s and Georgia’s territorial integrity continues. Such brazen disregard for international law must not be accepted as the “new normal”."

The full text of the speech is available at the presidential website and the speech can be viewed at the United Nations website as well as above,

During the UN General Assembly meeting, Levits also had meetings scheduled with President of Croatia, HE Ms Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Moldova, HE Mr Igor Dodon, President of Austria, HE Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, HE Ms Erna Solberg, and President of Georgia, HE Ms Salome Zourabichvili. President Levits will also attend a reception hosted by President of the US, HE Mr Donald J. Trump, plus a scheduled meeting with founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab.


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