Taking into account the discussion occurred during the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on January 19, the fact that the situation in the eastern Ukraine worsens due to actions of Russia, and innocent civilians die and suffer, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš considers it impossible to attend the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on May 9.
Latvia conveys its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Ukrainian people over the shooting of residential areas in the city of Mariupol that resulted in the tragic death of at least 10 civilians on January 24. Latvia strongly condemns this act of violence.
On 21 January, a man armed with a knife wounded at least 12 people on a bus in the centre of Tel Aviv. Four of them are in serious condition. Latvia conveys its deepest condolences to those injured in this armed attack and to their families.
Latvia conveys its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Ukrainian people over the shelling of a trolleybus in the city of Donetsk that resulted in the tragic death of civilians on 22 January. Latvia strongly condemns this act of violence and repeats the appeal that all possible efforts be made immediately to cease shelling, to withdraw heavy artillery, and restore the ceasefire in the east of Ukraine.
Distinguished Mayor Mr. Miller, Dear Secretary of State Mr. Gil, Dear Secretary of State Mr. Ederer, Excellences, Ladies and gentlemen,
I am honoured to welcome you in the heart of Germany - Berlin, at the opening ceremony of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union! Reunification of Germany began 25 years ago when the Berlin Wall fell, which became a turning point towards a truly united Europe like the Baltic Way.
The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel to discuss Latvian and German bilateral relations, and the major tasks of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 15, while participating in the opening event of the International Green Week Berlin 2015. The parties agreed that the issues of the Eastern Partnership were among the most important that also included solving issues and matters related to Ukraine. At the same time, both officials acknowledged that the European Union (EU) should develop the Eastern Partnership Policy very carefully and purposefully, in the light of previous experience and conclusions.
Excellences, dear ladies and gentlemen, friends,
Welcome to the world's largest and most important agricultural, food and horticulture exhibition International Green Week 2015!
Latvia takes part in the exhibition as a partner country, and it is great honour for us. It is an opportunity to inform of products made in Latvia and communicate about extensive and diverse recreational facilities in Latvia. It is not by chance that the Latvian leitmotif of this exhibition says: Best enjoyed slowly. Latvia invites you to find at least a moment and enjoy a relaxed time in harmony with nature and all and everything natural.
Latvia conveys its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Ukrainian people over the rocket attack on a passenger bus near the town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk Oblast on 13 January that resulted in the tragic death of 12 civilians.
Today, January 9, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, who arrived in Riga to meet top officials of Latvia. Taking into account the fact that Latvia just assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), further tasks of Georgia towards the EU were discussed, referring to the fact that signing and ratification of the Association Agreement by the Parliament of Georgia and the European Parliament have opened a new chapter in EU-Georgia relations.
Your excellences, Ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to Riga, the capital of Latvia, which has changed its title of the European Capital of Culture to the title of the capital of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union!