Next six years could be difficult, predicts Latvian President

The next four to six years will likely be very difficult in the field of internal and external security of the country, said President Edgars Rinkēvičs to journalists after his regular meeting with Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) on October 25.

The President pointed out that the external and internal security of the country has been on the political agenda for a long time – various discussions are taking place in the Saeima and the government, the responsible institutions are preparing for various possible scenarios. 

Rinkēvičs believes that the state's work in this respect is tested by various challenges – for example, with threatening letters to schools and kindergartens and the pressure of illegal migration on the Latvian-Belarusian border as a result of the Lukashenko regime's state-sponsored people smuggling hybrid operation. 

However, the president noted that the activities of the institutions responsible for security are constantly being improved.

"It must be understood that the next 4-6 years will be very difficult. We see what is happening in Ukraine, we see what is happening in Israel, we see trends in Europe... We see that time should not be wasted on any unnecessary squabbles, but focus on strengthening the security of our country – both financially and in essence, as citizens see how they can get involved in strengthening national defense and civil defense," said Rinkēvičs. 

"Maybe we shouldn't get carried away with the darkest scenarios right now, let's concentrate more on the fact that we must understand that national security is the highest priority and it must be strengthened every day," said the President. 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Siliņa said that work is already underway in the country "at all levels" to strengthen internal and external security and that Latvia is "gradually reorganizing itself to much greater readiness at the national level."


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