Kučinskis keeps up with the neighbors

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kučinskis concluded two days of shuttlecock diplomacy Thursday with a visit south to Lithuania just one day after a trip north to Estonia.

On Wednesday, Kučinskis met the Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas, in Tallinn during his first foreign visit.

"The two leaders agreed that the Baltic States must speak with one voice at the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit in July. 'Our three pillars must be the fight against hybrid war, the strengthening of the allied presence and our own defense capabilities,' acknowledged the Prime Ministers of both countries at the joint press conference following the meeting," said a release from Kučinskis' office. 

On Russia "There is no room for complacency; the work should continue," the statement said - also attributing the quote to both prime ministers simultaneously.

On Thursday Kučinskis was to be found in Vilnius meeting with the Prime Minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevičius.

"During the meeting, the two Heads of Government discussed this year's symbolic anniversary of Latvia and Lithuania - 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. Preparations for centenary events and the need to cooperate were also discussed. "Our three countries must stand together," urged the Head of Government of Latvia. "We must stick together because this way we are stronger – we must cooperate in the economy, in strengthening the security and promoting the unity of the Baltic States," the government press office reported.

Kučinskis also highlighted Latvia's interest in restoring the railway line between the two countries from Mazeikiai to Reņģe. "This is an important issue, given the potential volume of freight traffic from Mazeikiai," said the Prime Minister.

Both Roivas and Butkevicius were in Riga for talks as recently as last Friday and no substantial developments appear to have occured since then.

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