President of the Republic of Lithuania

Latvia: Lithuania’s special neighbor

2019-10-03

Thursday, October 3, Vilnius – President Gitanas Nausėda met with the President of the Republic of Latvia, Egils Levits.

The two Presidents discussed the ratification of the Lithuania-Latvia maritime border treaty and agreed on the date of the annual Baltic States summit to be held in Riga this coming December. During his visit to Latvia in July, Gitanas Nausėda called for resuming trilateral presidential meetings to discuss urgent political, economic, regional defense, and security issues.

According to the President, Latvia is a very special neighbor of Lithuania because the two nations are closely connected by their Baltic traditions and shared historical experience. We should continue fostering our common heritage and expanding cultural ties at all levels, he said. Both Presidents underlined the importance of the Baltic-Nordic dialogue for ensuring the region’s economic development and security.

Lithuania and Latvia closely cooperate in the fields of security and defense. Shared values and interests as well as the same approach to ongoing challenges and threats bring the two countries together as they address regional and neighborhood security issues and work towards common objectives ahead of the upcoming NATO summit.

The meeting's agenda also covered energy security. The Lithuanian President urged Latvia to rethink its decision on purchasing electricity across Russia’s border after the Ostrovets nuclear power plant was launched and to raise the problem of the unsafe nuclear project at bilateral meetings with the European Commission, the International Atomic Energy Agency and other international organizations as well as with European leaders.

“Ensuring the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant and projecting its future is relevant to the whole European Union. The united stand of the three Baltic States and their coordinated decisions on synchronization, including trade in electricity with third countries, are vitally important. Only collaborative work can win us the support of international and European institutions and our strategic partners,” the President said.

Both Presidents underscored the need to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in energy security. According to Gitas Nausėda, the dialogue between the three Baltic countries and the United States about energy matters is crucial for our region because it opens the door to cooperation in developing strategic energy infrastructure, exchanging technological know-how and sharing best practices.

The meeting also focused on the EU’s strategic agenda. It was agreed to coordinate Lithuania’s and Latvia’s positions on the multiannual financial framework, Brexit and the mobility package. As regards the Eastern Partnership, the President said that new, ambitious and result-targeted objectives should be set for partner nations after 2020. It was necessary to seek a more rapid integration of those Eastern Partnership countries who wish to become part of the EU’s internal market and who have the required capabilities.

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Last updated 2019.10.04 09:01

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