Diplomacy
'Latvia-Estonia Cooperation: A New Turning Point?'
On September 9 in the twin border cities of Valka (Latvia) and Valga (Estonia), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevicswill meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu. The ministers will discuss the bilateral relations between Latvia and Estonia, regional cooperation, support for Ukraine, and various topics on the international agenda.
Latvia and Denmark discuss diplomatic matters
On 8 September 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Jeppe Kofod, and Members of Danish Parliament, who were in Latvia on a working visit.
Latvian officials express condolences after death of Queen Elizabeth II
"With Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's passing a whole era has finished not only in the history of the United Kingdom, but the world. This is a sad day for not only the British nation but the world," said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on social media on Thursday September 8 evening after the death of the UK's monarch was announced.
Latvia will help to rebuild Chernihiv
On September 6, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a report titled “The Involvement of Latvia in the Reconstruction of Ukraine”, prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
EU to suspend visa deal with Russia
EU foreign ministers on Wednesday August 31 agreed to suspend a 2007 visa facilitation deal with Russia but stopped short of a wider visa ban as requested by some member states.
Rinkēvičs receives Ukrainian award
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has decided to award state awards to persons who have made a significant contribution to strengthening international relations, supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and promoting Ukraine in the world. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs is among those being awarded.
Happy Independence Day, Ukraine!
Good wishes were heading towards Ukraine from Latvia Wednesday on the occasion of that country's Independence Day, as it continues to defend itself against Russian attack. Latvian officials and organizations took to social media in large numbers to wish Ukraine and its heroic people a speedy victory against Russian fascism.
Latvia and Turkey discuss range of issues
On August 16 2022, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, visited the Turkish capital, Ankara, as part of an official visit, and met with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The officials discussed the bilateral and EU relations, relations between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, and security policy issues, especially Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and cooperation within NATO.
U.S. Defense Secretary visits Latvia(update)
From August 9 to 10, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III is on a visit to Latvia. On August 10, the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, met with Mr Lloyd Austin III in Rīga Castle, discussing the strengthening of the defence of NATO's Eastern flank and particularly the Baltic States, according to a release from the President's official website.
Latvian embassy opens in Canberra, Australia
On August 3, 2022, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, officially inaugurated an Embassy of Latvia in Canberra, Australia, according to a release by the Foreign Ministry. 
Russia blusters over Latvian border checks
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation announced that the Charge d'Affaires of the Latvian embassy in Moscow, ​​Dace Rutka, was summoned to the Ministry on July 27 to receive a protest in connection with the current requirements for Russian citizens who want to enter Latvia.
Latvia submits declaration to The Hague over Russia's actions in Ukraine
"On 21 July 2022, in The Hague relying on Article 63, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, Latvia submitted to the International Court of Justice its declaration requesting leave to intervene as a third party in the case of “Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation)," the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said July 22.
Rinkēvičs: Europe must do everything to not depend on Russian energy
Following the introduction of the first sanctions against Russia in the context of its invasion of Ukraine, it appears that the European Union (EU) is not prepared for energy independence, but this does not mean that sanctions should be suspended, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said in an interview to Latvian Radio on July 21.
Rinkēvičs: Remember Belarus' role in Russia's war on Ukraine
On 18 July 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, during which participants discussed Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, relations between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean, and digital diplomacy.
Another name added to Latvia's entry blacklist
On July 5, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs announced the addition of another name to Latvia's list of personae non gratae, in accordance with Section 61 Paragraph 2 of the Immigration Law.
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland speak out on human rights of migrants
June 24 saw the 50th session of the United Nations  Human Rights Council​ taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, and included an intervention from the Lithuanian representative on behalf of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland jointly, concerning the human rights of migrants.
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.
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