Press releases and speeches

During accreditation of the new Ambassadors of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany to Latvia, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis highlighted contribution of those countries in strengthening security in the Baltic region, especially given the tense situation in Ukraine. The President of Latvia noted that Latvia had also significant economic cooperation with those countries that we wished to deepen by attracting new investments to the sectors of national economy having great significance for our country.


Latvia appreciates the leading role of the United States of America in revitalizing the NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic region and in regular joint military exercises, thus promoting military defensibility of our countries, as the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis outlined during the meeting with US Senator John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse, and John Barrasso.


The current geopolitical situation required closer cooperation in the military and security areas among the Baltic States, as the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite and the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis emphasized during their working meeting. Both Presidents also discussed cooperation with Poland in strengthening regional security, by noting that joint preparation of the Baltic States and Poland for the NATO summit in Warsaw was of great importance.


During the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Marina Kaljurand, the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis stressed that closer co-operation among the Baltic States was required regarding not only economic issues, but also regarding security and defence matters. The same should be confirmed at the forthcoming summit in Warsaw where the Baltic States should ask for greater NATO presence in the region.


During accreditation of the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Latvia H.E. Ms. Lironne Bar-Sadeh, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis said that close economic cooperation between Latvia and Israel had enabled significant expansion of Latvian export opportunities. Total exports from Latvia to Israel more than tripled since 2008. The President of Latvia confirmed the Latvian intention to work on further deepening of the economic relations, by constantly looking for new, potential areas of cooperation.


Today, on July 28, during a meeting with current Chairperson of the Minorities Consulting Council (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Council’) Romans Alijevs, the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis discussed the work of the Council so far and outlined operational priorities of the Council for the future.


During a meeting with Boris and Inara Teterev today, the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis discussed their involvement in organizing of the events dedicated to the Centenary of Latvia.


Today, on July 23, the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis sent a letter to the President of the United States of America Barack Obama; he pointed out that July 23 this year marked the 75th anniversary of the statement on Baltic independence by Acting State Secretary, Sumner Welles, and he conveyed gratitude to the United States of America for its firm refusal to recognize the incorporation of the Baltic States into the Soviet Union back in 1940.


Dear participants of Festival Baltica, dear visitors from near and far,


International Folklore Festival Baltica is organized in Latvia for the 10th time already.


At a press conference after the bilateral meeting of two presidents, the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite stressed her satisfaction with the fact that the President of Latvia found the opportunity to visit Lithuania on his first working week and she noted that the two countries had many joint projects, which required further discussions.