Berzins sees no obstacles to Putin’s visit to Latvia

  • 2012-07-24

RIGA - Latvian President Andris Berzins believes there are no obstacles to Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Latvia.

"I do not see any obstacles preventing the visit from happening. Both large and small players need cooperation. We have established good contacts and I see no reason for pessimism in this regard," Berzins said in an interview with LETA.

Berzins also expressed hope that Latvian-Russian contacts will intensify in the nearest future. "The Russian president is currently visiting the most influential global leaders. I am convinced that Latvian-Russian ties will only become stronger in the not-so-distant future."

As reported, in March, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Reform Party) told the LNT morning show "900 sekundes" that the previous invitation made to Putin to visit Latvia is still open. However, after the recently held presidential elections in Russia, he could not predict its date. Nevertheless, it is clear that Putin will not visit Latvia this year.