Diplomacy
Three Seas Initiative book to be launched June 20
To coincide with Rīga hosting this year's Three Seas Initiative (3SI) summit and business forum, about which we have already written, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) is publishing a new book.
Canadian investors asked to consider Latvian opportunities
On June 3, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Canada and Lithuania to open the Business Roundtable in Toronto with the participation of Canada’s largest pension funds, banks, as well as the energy sector.
Baltic diplomats discuss defense in Canada
Mélanie Joly, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, is currently hosting a visit by Eva-Maria Liimets, Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Latvia’s Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from June 1 to 3, 2022.
34 more Russians added to Latvia's entry blacklist
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, passed a decision June 1 on including 34 more citizens of the Russian Federation in the list of personae non gratae in the Republic of Latvia in accordance with Section 61, Paragraph two of the Immigration Law.
Irish Foreign Minister visits Latvia
On 26 May 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, welcomed the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defense of Ireland, Simon Coveney, to Rīga to hold an exchange of views on the bilateral relations, the security situation in the region, and providing support for Ukraine.
Latvia supports Sweden, Finland joining NATO
At the meeting on May 24, the government supported the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. The draft law to approve the protocol on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty will still have to be viewed by the Saeima.
Latvia and Turkey discuss Sweden and Finland's NATO membership
On May 23, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, had a telephone call with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, for a discussion on the current geopolitical situation and the issue of NATO enlargement, according to a release from the Latvian MFA.
Chairs of Baltic Foreign Affairs Committees visit Spain
May 18 and 19 the Chairs of the Baltic Foreign Affairs Committees are in Spain to have meetings with Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Congress of Deputies Pau Marí-Klose, Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate Antonio Gutiérrez Limones and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation José Manuel Albares Bueno.
More than a hundred more Russians blacklisted by Latvia
On 13 May 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, passed a decision on including another 102 more citizens of the Russian Federation in the list of personae non gratae in accordance with Section 61, Paragraph two of the Immigration Law.
Foreign Ministry summons Russian ambassador
The Latvian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Russian ambassador to Latvia Mikhail Vanin demanding explanations about the Russian Foreign Ministry's statement accusing Latvia of antisemitism and neo-Nazism, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs tweeted on May 3.
Latvian, German foreign ministers meet in Rīga
The Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock met on April 20 in Rīga to discuss Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
Still don't visit Belarus
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs MFA) on April 1 repeated its advice that Latvian nationals should not cross the border into Belarus.
Latvia will continue to support civil society in Belarus
On April 1 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the rightful leader of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for a discussion on issues related to the war launched by Russia on Ukraine and the ways to support Belarusian civil society.
Nordic-Baltic 8 countries voice support for Ukraine
On 29-30 March 2022, Vilnius, Lithuania hosted a meeting of the State Secretaries of the Baltic and Nordic countries (NB8), at which Latvia was represented by the Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Astra Kurme.
Russia expels diplomats, as expected
In an expected move March 29, Russia announced the expulsion of several diplomats from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in reaction to the recent expulsion from those countries of Russian diplomatic staff.
Latvia expels three Russian diplomats
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs declared three Russian diplomats personae non gratae in Latvia on March 18, according to a release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Latvian Foreign Minister, Pope discuss Ukraine
On 14 March 2022, in the Vatican, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with His Holiness Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, for a discussion on current foreign policy issues, especially Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and its impact on the security situation in the region and across Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
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