Diplomacy
Russia tells Latvian ambassador to leave
Moscow announced on Friday, January 27, that it has given Latvian ambassador Māris Riekstiņš two weeks to leave Russia, accusing Rīga of “absolute russophobia.”
Rinkēvičs: Russian "Impunity will not be tolerated"
On January 23, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels, at which the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers discussed continuing Russian brutality in Ukraine, and exchanged views on Africa.
Latvia tells Russia to downsize its embassy
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) announced on Monday, January 23 that from February 24, Latvia will lower the level of its diplomatic representation in Russia, demanding that Russia do the same.
Latvia applauds Moldovan resilience
January 5 saw the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičswelcoming a working visit to Rīga from the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Nicu Popescu.
JEF summit leaders' joint statement
As previously reported by LSM, leaders of countries participating in the Joint Expeditionary Force initiative met in Rīga on December 19. After several hours of talks, they emerged with the following joint statement:
Debate to consider 'Values-Based International Order'
The Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), in cooperation with the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, the embassies of Poland, Canada, and Spain in Latvia, as well as the StrategEast Center for a New Economy and 5G Techritory platform will be holding a debate December 19 to close its Riga Security Forum 2022 series of discussions.
Latvia discusses Arctic matters
On December 14, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a seminar, “Latvia in the Arctic”, which brought together scientists, business people, public figures and members of public administration, as well as representatives from other countries.
Baltic and Nordic countries pledge support to Ukraine "for as long as it takes"
On November 28, Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Baltic and Nordic Ministers of Foreign Affairs visited Kyiv, Ukraine. In the course of their visit, the Foreign Ministers met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba.
Rinkēvičs: ninth round of sanctions against Russia needed
On November 14, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels, at which the foreign minister discussed support for Ukraine, further sanctions against Russia, and the latest developments in the Western Balkans.
Rīga hosts International negotiations training for women
November 12-13 will see Rīga host a session of training on Negotiation Skills for women-professionals from the Baltic States representing the security and foreign affairs sector as well as academia and non-governmental organisations.
Daugavpils mayor reminded about international law by Ministers
Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a thinly-veiled rebuke November 8 to the mayor of the country's second-largest city in response to comments made by the Chairman of the Daugavpils City Council, Andrejs Elksniņš, concerning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
New official named at Latvian Foreign Ministry
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has named its new Parliamentary Secretary as Gunda Reire. The appointment comes after the previous Parliamentary Secretary, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica was appointed to the Saeima Presidium becoming, in effect, a deputy speaker of parliament.
Latvia against EU's proposed "ambiguous experiments"
On 18 October 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, participated in the meeting of the General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) in Luxembourg, using the opportunity to raise objections to a proposal concerning reform of European Parliament elections.
Latvia slams Amnesty report on Belarus border crossings
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs issued a stern rebuke to international human rights group Amnesty International October 13 after Amnesty published a highly critical report on the treatment of refugees at Latvia's border with Belarus.
Latvia to launch female empowerment project in Africa
On October 18, Latvian diaspora experts and Riga Business School lecturers and professors together
with African partners will launch the country's first development cooperation project in Africa, which it is hoped" will open up new horizons and cooperation opportunities" for the countries involved.
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