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Baltic states condemn Russia's election plans in occupied Ukraine
Baltic states condemn Russia's election plans in occupied Ukraine
The Foreign Ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on February 19 issued a joint statement condemning Russia's plans to hold presidential elections in temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory. The ministers pointed out that Russia is "gravely violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, international law and the United Nations Charter" with its actions. The full statement is reproduced below. 
Russian diplomat summoned for 'explanations' of wanted list(update)
Russian diplomat summoned for 'explanations' of wanted list(update)
Tensions between Latvia and aggressor state Russia continued to be high February 14 with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announcing that it had summoned the senior diplomat at the Russian embassy in Rīga for what it called "explanations".   
Ukraine's First Lady to visit Latvia
Ukraine's First Lady to visit Latvia
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska will visit in Latvia. She will participate in the international conference “Russia's War on Children”, as well as meet with Latvian officials and representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora.
'Key mission' is safeguarding indepedence, Latvia's ambassadors told
'Key mission' is safeguarding indepedence, Latvia's ambassadors told
On  January 23, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Krišjānis Kariņš, launched the annual meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions of Latvia, telling them that special attention and targeted efforts were necessary to strengthen transatlantic relations, and cooperation with like-minded countries in the security policy field.
Latvian diplomats to compare notes at annual assembly
Latvian diplomats to compare notes at annual assembly
From January 22 to 26, the heads of Latvia’s diplomatic missions abroad and the Latvian Ambassadors residing in Riga will gather for their annual meeting in Riga to discuss the priorities and current tasks of the Foreign Service, according to a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Baltic states praise Taiwan elections
Baltic states praise Taiwan elections
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament) of Estonia Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima of Latvia Rihards Kols and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis said in a Joint Statement released January 13 that at the legislative and presidential elections held Saturday in Taiwan had demonstrated the strength of its "robust democratic system".
Experts, politicians comment on Zelenskyy's upcoming visit
Experts, politicians comment on Zelenskyy's upcoming visit
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Latvia on Thursday, January 11, to discuss cooperation in the fight against Russian aggression. In the opinion of politicians and experts, this visit will not only be a thank you for your support, but also a search for all possible assistance.
New expert handed Ukraine mission by Latvia
New expert handed Ukraine mission by Latvia
On January 9, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers adopted a draft order on the posting of a new civilian expert, Elizabete Elīna Vizgunova-Vikmane, to the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine).
Seized Russian fertilizers sent to Nigeria by Latvia
Seized Russian fertilizers sent to Nigeria by Latvia
On 27 December 2023, 34,000 tonnes of mineral fertilizer was shipped from the Latvian port of Ventspils to Nigeria, as a donation to the UN World Food Programme initiative, said the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Latvian Foreign Ministry gives funding to document human rights violations in Belarus
Latvian Foreign Ministry gives funding to document human rights violations in Belarus
On December 22, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a financial contribution of EUR 35,000 into the European Endowment for Democracy with the funds to be channelled to the International Accountability Platform for Belarus, which collects and preserves evidence of human rights violations in Belarus, as well as providing support to victims of political repression.
Foreign Ministry: Latvia supports ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian reasons
Foreign Ministry: Latvia supports ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian reasons
Israel and the USA have condemned the UN General assembly's resolution passed Tuesday demanding an immediate ceasefire in the war between Israel and the terrorist group “Hamas”. Latvia was among the countries that supported the resolution. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains that this was done for humanitarian reasons, Latvian Radio reported.
U.S. Ambassador to NATO: We take Russia's threats against Baltics seriously
U.S. Ambassador to NATO: We take Russia's threats against Baltics seriously
Latvian Television's Brussels correspondent Ilze Nagla has secured an interesting interview with the United States' ambassador to NATO, Julianne Smith. Ambassador Smith assumed her position as the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO in November 2021. Prior to her current position, she served as a Senior Advisor at the Department of State.
Latvian delegation heading to Dubai for COP28 forum
Latvian delegation heading to Dubai for COP28 forum
From November 30 to December 12, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be hosting the 28th session (COP28) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and various Latvian officials will be catching a jet to the sunny Gulf state to participate.
Lithuania takes helm of the Baltic Assembly
Lithuania takes helm of the Baltic Assembly
On November 24 the 42nd Session of the Baltic Assembly was held in Tallinn, Estonia. The Resolution adopted at the Session emphasises that it is necessary to further strengthen the defence cooperation of the Baltic States, as well as cooperation in the fields of crisis management, civil defence, media and information space, energy, transport infrastructure and protection of biodiversity.
Latvia and Senegal have first ever political talks
Latvia and Senegal have first ever political talks
On 21 November 2023, the first ever political consultations between Latvia and Senegal were held in Dakar. The consultations were chaired by Andžejs Viļumsons, Under-Secretary of State – Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and Ousmane Camara Ndiongue, Head of the Europe, America and Oceania Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Senegal. 
Baltic politicians speaking at Cambridge University
Baltic politicians speaking at Cambridge University
Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the three Baltic parliaments will speak at a panel titled ‘The importance of UK-Baltic ties in meeting current geopolitical challenges in Europe’ held at the University of Cambridge on November 15.
Latvia launches bid for UN Security Council seat
Latvia launches bid for UN Security Council seat
On November 9, 2023, the Ford Foundation Center in New York hosted the official launch of Latvia’s candidacy campaign for an elected seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Latvia to send emergency aid to Moldova and Armenia
Latvia to send emergency aid to Moldova and Armenia
In solidarity with the international community and other Member States of the European Union, on 24 October 2023, the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted a decision to allocate 100,000 euros from the “Emergency Funds” program of the State budget in support of Armenia, which is facing a humanitarian crisis following a mass influx of Karabakh Armenians into the country.
Balts Award presented during Kariņš' trip to Lithuania
Balts Award presented during Kariņš' trip to Lithuania
Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Krišjānis Kariņš, continued a whistlestop tour of the Baltic states October 16 with a working visit to Vilnius, Lithuania, where he met with Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and his Lithuanian counterpart, Gabrielius Landsbergis.

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