RIGA - Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) has received the Friedrich Hayek Foundation's international award, the PM wrote in his Twitter account today.
Karins stressed that he feels honored to receive the award "in these difficult times, when aggressive Russia questions the freedom, security and self-determination of nations".
At the same time, Karins pointed out that the received award is also an award for the nation and those leaders of Latvia who dedicated their lives to regaining independence and started building the Latvian nation from scratch after the Soviet occupation.
"Russia's attack on Ukraine has exposed liberal values, including freedom, democracy and the rule of law, to the greatest threat since World War II. As democracies, we should not be afraid of our own strength. We should step up our efforts and change our policies. The main area now is support for Ukraine , increasing military spending to strengthen our defense capabilities, and energy independence," said Karins.
As reported,, the international award has been given to Karins for his consistent defense of the free market economy, implementing a market-oriented economic and budget policy.