RIGA - President Egils Levits, who met with Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Madrid, highly appreciated Slovenia's contribution to strengthening the security of Latvia and entire Baltic region, LETA was told at the president's office.
In the conversation with Golob, the Latvian president praised excellent relations with Slovenia and active political dialogue between the two countries in various forums.
"We highly appreciate Slovenia's participation in NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia. This is a significant contribution to strengthening NATO's deterrence and defense efforts in the entire eastern flank region," Levits said.
The officials also discussed NATO's new Strategic Concept which was successfully adopted at the summit, issues concerning Russia's war on Ukraine and the support provided by the two countries to Ukraine. The Latvian president indicated that Russia should be called to account for its aggression against Ukraine and that a special tribunal should be set up to investigate these crimes.
The Latvian president and the Slovenian prime minister welcomed the European Union's decision to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova and called for a smooth accession process.
Levits also welcomed Slovenia's decision to open an embassy in Riga this fall.