Levits to visit Estonia and Lithuania on first foreign visits

Egils Levits, who was just elected President of Latvia, said he'll go on his first foreign visits to Estonia and Lithuania, he told LTV May 30.

Levits said that as president he would act to balance a number of political interests with the common good. "That's what the presidential office is for," he said. 

On the topic of relations with Russia, he had this to say: "We must try to shape good relations between Latvia and Russia, just as one should do with any other neighboring state. To a great degree it depends on the other party as well, not just us. There is, has been and will be good will from out side. [...] But I think that first of all relations with Russia should be shaped within the framework of the entire EU's foreign policy."

As presidents before him, Levits is to go on his first official state visit to Estonia, and afterwards to Lithuania, he said. 

He also brushed a number of other topics in the interview, such as the influence of so-called "surveillance capitalism" on human behavior and of Latvia's future as deeply intertwined with technology. 

Levits also used the interview to say that one of his main tasks in office will be improving the judicial system.

Levits takes office July 8. 

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