On 30 June, the last day of NATO Madrid Summit, discussion of the heads of state and government of the NATO Allies focused on global challenges such as food and energy crisis, terrorism, climate change, poverty and inequality, and rapid development of digital technologies.
Latvia fully supports NATO’s 360-degree approach to collective defence because, as a defence alliance, NATO focuses on comprehensive security of all its members, President of Latvia said. ‘Alliance works with threats from any and all sources. Although Russia is the current threat of the Alliance, it is not the only direct threat to our security. Strengthening of Alliance’s capabilities is crucial right now – we must make full use of all NATO and European Union cooperation tools to secure stability and peace not only in our region but also in North of Africa and Middle East, which are taking a heavy toll due to terrorism and shortage of food caused by Russia’s manipulative actions. This is a threat to people in these regions which may create risks for us. It is equally vital to continue cooperation with our partners in the Pacific who also support our values,’ Egils Levits pointed out.
Innovation Fund Letter of Commitment signed in Madrid by participating Allied leaders, including Latvia, will allow NATO to remain the most technologically advanced military alliance in the world. ‘NATO must retain its technological edge in line with changing security environment and technological progress,’ President of Latvia underlined.