Karins decides to step down as foreign minister

  • 2024-03-28
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - After a meeting with Prime Minister Evika Silina (New Unity) today, Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) has decided to step down.

Karins will officially resign on April 10. He explained that this date was chosen so that Saeima could approve a new foreign minister during a parliamentary sitting the next day - April 11.

For several months now, the scandal of private flights used by working delegations led by Karins during his time as prime minister has been a topic of public criticism.

A reported, the Prosecutor General's Office has opened and handed over to the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) for investigation the use of contract flights by Karins for working trips during his time in office.

According to public information, the General Prosecutor's Office carried out an investigation into the use of contract air travel services during the former PM's working trips.

The Prosecutor General's Office does not dispute that in the course of the performance of the duties of senior state officials, situations may arise when it is necessary to use the services of a contracted air transport for the purpose of securing a working trip.

LETA also reported, the special air trips made by the delegations led by Karins during his office as the prime minister, which have attracted criticism from a part of the public, cost EUR 613,830 from the state budget between 2021 and September 2023, according to the information gathered by the State Chancellery.