On 26 September, President Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Boris Pistorius, Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany, at the Riga Castle to discuss Germany's involvement in the security of the region, as well as potential risks of a hybrid threat on the border of NATO territory.
During the meeting, the President expressed his gratitude for Germany's commitment to the security of the Baltic region and its plans to increase the number of its armed forces, including confirming Latvia's readiness to host a rotation of German combat aircraft in Lielvārde in 2024.
"Germany is an indispensable member of Euro-Atlantic security and I highly value its contribution to the security of the Baltic region. I would like to thank the German Armed Forces for their presence in the Baltic States and the plans to increase their troops", President Rinkēvičs emphasised.
The parties also discussed the potential for hybrid attacks on the Latvia’s border from Belarus. E. Rinkēvičs said that Latvia is ready to take all necessary measures, including closing the border with Belarus and Russia, especially in cases of a massive influx of migrants.