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Baltic states reaffirm support for Ukraine
The Baltic States are concerned about the noted build-up of the Russian armed forces near the Ukraine border and in the Crimean Peninsula, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three Baltic States said April 15 during a joint working visit to Kyiv.
Spanish Foreign Minister visits Latvia
Spain's Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, Arancha González Laya, was in Latvia on 8 April to meet with Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, on the occasion of the centenary of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Spain.
Latvia will get more Pfizer vaccines
European Union leaders agreed to respect the principle of solidarity in the redistribution of additional doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine - more vaccines will be received by countries that have got fewer so far, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said March 26.
Latvia backs database of human rights abuses by Belarus regime
On 24 March 2021, the International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB), established with the aim of systematically documenting human rights abuses in Belarus and preserving evidence, is being put into operation, with backing from Latvia among others, the Latvian Ministry o Foreice Affairs (MFA) has announced.
Baltic states issue joint statement on Georgia
The foreign ministries of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania issued a joint statement February 25 in light of extraordinary political events recently in Georgia that have seen the arrest of a leading opposition figure as part of a government crackdown.
Estonian Foreign Minister makes debut visit to Latvia
On 17 February 2021, the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, meets with the new Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, who is making her first working visit to Latvia from its northern neighbor since taking up the post on 26 January.
Top state officials will be vaccinated Thursday
On Thursday, February 11, voluntary vaccination against Covid-19 will start for the country's top officials, whose duties are related to ensuring the continuity of national security and the country's basic functions.
Grandiose China summit passes almost unnoticed
It's five years since Rīga rolled out the red carpet for China and more than a dozen central and eastern European states and government leaders at the CEEC-China Summit, with conferences, unveiling ceremonies, the arrival of an experimental goods train from China at Rīga central station and the announcement of a new 10 billion euro fund which Latvia signed up to, and about which very little has been heard in the years since.
Baltic states issue joint statement in solidarity with democratic Belarus
February 7 saw the Foreign Ministers of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania issuing a joint statement to mark the international Day of Solidarity with Belarus. Six months on from elections widely believed to be fraudulent, the regime of self-declared president Alexander Lukashenko continues to assault and oppress its own people. 
Grants available to support Belarus civil society
To support the civil society of Belarus, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a grant project competition titled “Development Cooperation Projects to Support Civil Society in Belarus”.
Foreign Minister collects Estonian award
Latvia's long-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, is among a list of 31 people awarded the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Order of Merit, the Ministry  said January 22. 
Latvia's ambassadors have their annual get-together in online format
From 18 to 29 January 2021, the heads of Latvia’s diplomatic missions abroad and Latvian Ambassadors residing in Rīga will have their annual meeting online to discuss the priorities and current tasks of the Foreign Service. According to tradition, the meeting was opened by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, a ministry press release said.
Council of Europe committee reports on Navalny poisoning
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights is to organise a parliamentary hearing by videoconference on the subject of “the poisoning of Alexey Navalny” on Tuesday 19th January 2021, beginning at around 11:30 am Rīga Time.
Latvia, China discuss political matters
On 13 January 2021, political consultations of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and China were held in a video-conferencing format co-chaired by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Qin Gang, a press release from the Ministry said.
Latvian government signals support for EU's 'Brexit' deal
The government has approved Latvia's national position on the agreement between the European Union (EU) and former EU member state the United Kingdom on future relations, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said in a remote press conference December 28, LTV reports. 

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