RIGA - Latvia highly values NATO contribution in strengthening security and defense in the Baltic states and Poland, said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece (National Alliance), opening the video meeting of the foreign committee chairmen of the Baltic and Visegrad parliaments.
"Transatlantic cooperation is significant for security of Europe and the world. Latvia highly values NATO contribution in strengthening security and defense in the Baltic states and Poland," said Murniece.
Murniece praised the decision made by the Czech parliament last week to renew its mandate for participation in the NATO Battle Group in the Baltic states and the Baltic airspace policing mission.
Addressing the events in Belarus, Murniece underscored that Europeans should speak in one voice in this respect. "We voice regret about the demand of the Belarus authorities to reduce diplomatic representations of Lithuania and Poland in Minsk," she said.
Murniece reminded that the Latvian parliament adopted a statement by which it does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus. Murniece underscored the necessity to strengthen Belarusian civic society and independent media.