RIGA - During a meeting with the Speaker of the Canadian Parliament Anthony Rota and the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada - Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) emphasized Canada's important role in the strengthening of NATO's eastern flank, LETA was informed by the Prime Minister's Office.
During the meeting with Rota and Freeland, the Prime Minister thanked Canada for its contribution to strengthening regional security in the Baltics.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the international security situation in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, progress towards a new NATO defense strategy, with a view to strengthening the deterrence policy to be decided at the forthcoming NATO Summit in Madrid in June, as well as support for Ukraine.
During his visit, Karins also took part in a discussion on the international security situation in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine at one of Canada's leading political think tanks, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on Thursday. A press conference is scheduled after the meeting.
Canada has an important role to play in strengthening Latvia's defense. Since 2017, Canada has been the leading country in the NATO Battle Group (EFP) in Latvia, building an in-depth partnership between the two countries in the field of security and defense. In February of this year, Canada decided to send additional soldiers and military equipment to Latvia.