RIGA - Considering Russia's aggression in Ukraine, Latvia is now focusing on implementation of the NATO Madrid summit decisions, said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) at the joint meeting of the Saeima foreign and European affairs committees.
The foreign ministry today presented to lawmakers with the draft of his annual report on performance and plans in foreign policy which will be later submitted to the government.
Rinkevics said that next year the NATO summit will be held in Vilnius, but implementation of the Madrid summit decisions is planned in the way of increasing the presence of the allied forces in Latvia from the current battalion battle group to a brigade.
"Our main task together with colleagues from the Defense Ministry is to work so that these decisions do not stay on paper, but so that they are implemented," the minister said.
The draft report also described support and help to Ukraine. Rinkevics said that Latvia has done the maximum and has helped Ukraine both on the government level and by residents.
The minister also said that sanctions against Russia is another important aspect.
One of the priorities will be a strong Europe. Rinkevics said that there will be a focus on regional cooperation on the Nordic-Baltic level.