NATO is united - the region's security is guaranteed: Levits

  • 2022-02-09
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - NATO is united - the security of the region is guaranteed, President Egils Levits confirmed to members of the press today after a meeting with Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity).

He pointed out that during the meeting with Karins, the security situation in Europe and the Baltic region was discussed. The officials also exchanged information with which European and NATO leaders have consulted Latvia with.

"We are fully informed and involved in formulating NATO's position. We have intensive consultations with the leaders of all NATO members, as well as with the Alliance itself," Levits said.

Karins and Levits also discussed the issue of strengthening NATO forces at the Alliance's Eastern flank, which is already being discussed. The President emphasized that NATO and the European Union (EU) are united and that security in the Baltic region is guaranteed. The President also noted that Latvia is in solidarity with Ukraine. He also added that consultations will continue and Latvia will be fully involved in NATO and EU decision-making.

Karins agreed with the President that Latvia is part of the overall process. Latvia is not only an observer, but a shaper of opinions and positions. The prime minister said there had been a recent telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron before he left for Moscow.

Karins said that tomorrow, February 10, the leaders of the Baltic states would have a dinner with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz with the aim of coordinating views on possible sanctions against Russia if it expanded wider hostilities on Ukrainian territory.