Prime Minister: we will strengthen cooperation with Latvia on matters of regional importance

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2019 10 03

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with President of Latvia Egils Levits and discussed bilateral cooperation, the European Union agenda and regional security. 

The Prime Minister has welcomed active cooperation on all levels. He has stressed that the two nations and states are very close and urged to continue striving to maintain this exceptional relationship. Contacts and visits between both states are very intensive. There are many success stories, especially in the implementation of the infrastructure projects of regional importance: Via Baltica, Rail Baltica and power grid synchronization.   

‘To deepen the bilateral cooperation, we are open to hold a joint meeting of the Governments of our two countries. We are very much looking forward to the progress in ratification of the Maritime Boundary Agreement’, said the Prime Minister. 

The two countries share common historical memory. Prime Minister Skvernelis has called upon the Baltic countries to stay united in the international arena. According to the Head of State, in the face of common threats to the security of our countries, it is necessary to maintain intensive relations in the field of defence. It is important to continue allocating 2 per cent of GDP for national defence. 

‘The presence of NATO’s allied forces in the Baltic States is the proof that our security is a common objective. We support joint initiatives in the field of military acquisitions’, said Saulius Skvernelis.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister called for unity in seeking energy independence from third countries and timely implementation of the power grid synchronization project.  It has been emphasized once again that the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) is a geopolitical project aimed against the Baltic States; therefore, common position on not buying electricity from countries with unsafe NPPs should be maintained.    

‘We expect the support and solidarity from all our neighbours, especially the immediate ones, in seeking that there is no unsafe entity in our common neighbourhood. The Astravyets NPP is a direct source of threat for nuclear safety in the EU neighbourhood’, said the Prime Minister. 

The economic cooperation and particularly active mutual investments of Latvia and Lithuania have been discussed. Latvia is one of the main trading partners of Lithuania. It is expected that reconstruction of Rengė railway section will provide another favourable impetus for economic cooperation - traffic is planned to be resumed on 1 April 2020.