Latvia has to continue supporting Ukraine in all possible ways - Karins

  • 2023-09-15
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia should continue to support Ukraine in all possible ways, the next Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told LETA today when Saeima is to vote on the government of Prime Minister-designate Evika Silina (New Unity).

The Foreign Ministry will have to maintain and strengthen its course on Ukraine, reaching out to Western democracies and non-NATO countries. These countries need to be explained what Russian imperialism is and what is happening in Ukraine in order to gain the widest support possible for the war-stricken country.

Karins went on to say that strengthening Latvia's security was an important priority. This includes working with NATO allies to ensure that the presence of Canada, Spain and other NATO countries' armed forces in Latvia continues is increased. "It is important that governments also understand internationally that Latvia is a secure country, that we are part of the Alliance and that we contribute to strengthening NATO," said Karins.

He also emphasized the economic aspect of the Foreign Ministry's work. According to Karins, the Foreign Ministry plays an important role in reaching out to foreign investors, where the Foreign Ministry, the Economics Ministry and the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia cooperate in achieving Latvia's economic goals.

"I would like to see more emphasis on attracting investment by the Foreign Ministry and diplomats. Maintaining good relations is the basic foundation, but we need to find new ways to reach out to investors," said Karins.

Summing up his priorities as a foreign minister, Karins said that Ukraine needs to be helped and work must continue on strengthening national security, NATO, and Latvia's national economy.

"As a country, we need to go even further out into the world. We have something to say and we can influence others," said Karins.