Centenary of Latvia-Russia Peace Treaty to be marked in Riga

  • 2020-08-05
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The centenary of the Treaty of Peace between Latvia and Russia will be marked in Riga next Tuesday, LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry. 

Responding to Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics' (New Unity) invitation, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto will arrive in Riga on Tuesday, August 11, to take part in events to mark the centenary of signing the Treaty of Peace between Latvia and Russia.

During their meeting in Riga, the foreign ministers are also expected to discuss international affairs, security and regional cooperation matters. In addition to the joint discussion, the ministers also intend to have bilateral meetings. They are also scheduled to give a joint news conference at the Foreign Ministry. 

The Latvian, Estonian, Finish and Polish ministers will then take part in an exchange of views at an event dedicated to the centenary of the Peace Treaty at Riga Castle. The participants will be addressed by the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, the Speaker of the Saeima, Inara Murniece, and the Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity).

The original of the Treaty of Peace will be on public display at the Latvian National History Museum from 12 to 28 August.

Latvia and Soviet Russia signed a Treaty of Peace in Riga on August 11, 1920. This agreement represented the resolution of the Latvian War of Independence which had begun in November 1918 with the invasion of Soviet Russia into the territory of the newly-proclaimed Republic of Latvia. With this Peace Treaty, the Soviet government voluntarily and irrevocably renounced all sovereign rights of the Russian State over the Latvian people and Latvia’s territory. The Treaty is regarded to be the most important bilateral agreement concluded during the inter-war period, the most frequently cited of Latvia’s international accords and the one most often analysed in research studies.