This week, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs received Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen in Riga. During their meeting, the two ministers discussed Russian aggression in Ukraine, various security-related topics, Finland’s path to joining NATO, as well as topical developments within the EU.
Rinkēvičs underlined the historically close relations between Latvia and Finland and thanked his colleague for the good cooperation at regional, European and international level. The Minister underlined: “From a modern point of view, at a time when the region is going through profound changes for its security architecture, it is more important to be close – not only as neighbors, but also as as partners. »
When discussing Finland’s NATO membership, Rinkēvičs made Latvia’s position clear: “The doors of NATO should be open to every democratic European country. Latvia supports Finland and Sweden joining NATO. This will contribute both to the security of the region and to NATO’s deterrence and defense capabilities.”
Regarding Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the two ministers agreed that the international society must provide all possible support to Ukraine. Rinkēvičs called on Finland to support granting EU candidate status to Ukraine, as confirmed by the Latvian Foreign Ministry.