Latvia shares NATO STRATCOM experience with Ukraine

Latvia has been sharing with Ukraine experience obtained while working on issues concerning the Riga-based NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications Strategic Communications (STRATCOM COE), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko revealed on Tuesday.

Poroshenko told reporters that Latvia and Ukraine have been coordinating their activities in various international bodies, including the UN Security Council to which Ukraine was recently elected as a non-permanent member.

"Activities are being coordinated and the sides agree on taking joint positions on particular issues. We also cooperate on issues concerning NATO's STRATCOM, with Latvian sharing its experience. The Latvian president, who previously held the office of defense minister and is very knowledgeable in many areas, has also shared his experience," Poroshenko said.

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, who is in Kyiv on a visit, noted that Latvia is among those countries that have been advocating Ukraine's cause in various international organizations so that they did not forget about Russia's violations of international agreements, the annexation of Crimea and support for Ukraine's separatists. "This is an issue that must always be on the agenda before we take any decision about our relations with Russia," Vejonis said.

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis began his visit to Ukraine on Tuesday.

Vejonis is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Volodymyr Groysman, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada or the Ukrainian parliament. He will also visit the Latvian embassy in Ukraine for a meeting with Latvians living in Ukraine.

The Latvian president arrived in Ukraine late on Monday and will return to Latvia on Wednesday morning.

The NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (NATO STRATCOM COE) was launched in January 2014. It has seven signed up members - Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Recently, Sweden has expressed interest in joining

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