In view of Russian Federation actions which continue to destabilise in Ukraine, the EU has agreed on a number of additional restrictive measures against Russia. A decision has been made to limit access to EU capital markets for Russian state-owned credit institutions, development finance institutions and their branches, namely, the buying or selling of bonds, capital or financial instruments, and brokering services.
On 31 July, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador of Hungary to Latvia, H.E. Gábor Dobokay, on his farewell visit. The Minister expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for his personal contribution to strengthening bilateral relations between Latvia and Hungary. Both diplomats appreciated the cooperation of both countries at the bilateral level, in the European Union, international organisations and regional formats – Baltic-Visegrad, and Baltic-Nordic-Visegrad groups of countries.
On 30 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Jan Grevstad, on a farewell visit. The Foreign Minister thanked the Ambassador for his work towards promoting political and economic relations between both countries.
On 28 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador of Canada to Latvia, John Morrison, on a farewell visit concluding his tenure in Latvia.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs conveys his deepest condolences to friends and families of the victims of the Air Algerie jetliner crash in northern Mali.
On 24 July, the Foreign Ministry hosted an event to mark the completion of the work of producing a facsimile edition of a historic album Terra Mariana. 1186-1888 and commentaries upon it. The process has taken more than a decade.
On 24 July, the European Court of Human Rights (Court) delivered its Chamber judgment in the case of Čalovskis v. Latvia.
On 24 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the United States Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala, on a farewell visit.
On 23 July, the Ambassador of Latvia to Andorra Jānis Eichmanis presented the letters of credence to the Co-Prince of Andorra, the President of France, François Hollande.
Minister Rinkēvičs Meets with Dr. Gerd Müller, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
On 24 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, and the members of Bundestag from the Christian Social Union (CSU) who were in Latvia on a three day working visit.
A Gathering at the Foreign Ministry Celebrates Completion of a Facsimile Edition of Terra Mariana. 1186-1888
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes media to attend an event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Meierovics Room, on 24 July at 15.00 to mark the completion of the work on a facsimile edition an album, Terra Mariana. 1186-1888.
On 23 July, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the 20th EU- ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, which addressed cooperation between the EU and ASEAN countries in political, economic and security affairs, the environment, and over current developments in the region. Special attention was focused on the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane and the escalating situation in Ukraine and Gaza.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Congratulates Lithuania on the Decision in Favour of Eurozone Membership
On 23 July, the European Union’s General Affairs Council made a final decision allowing Lithuania to adopt the euro on 1 January 2015. The decision is based on the Convergence Report from 2014 issued by the European Commission on the fulfilment of the Maastricht criteria and endorsed by the EU heads of government at the European Council of 27 June.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia would like to share information it has received from the Embassy of the Netherlands about the opening of an official online condolence site at condolences.eu. We invite all residents of Latvia who wish to convey condolences over the tragedy to express their thoughts and feelings in commemoration of those who perished this July 17th on the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.
On 22 July, Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian Foreign Minister, took part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.
On 21 July in Sarajevo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia, Alberts Sarkanis, presented his credentials to the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović.
On 23 July and 23 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meetings of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Makes the Decision to Include Some Russian Citizens on the List of Persons Not Allowed to Travel to Latvia
Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, has made the decision to include, for an indefinite period of time, the Russian performing artists, Oleg Gazmanov, Josif Kobzon, and Alla Perfilova on the list of persons banned from entering Latvia.
On 21 July, at the initiative of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Latvia, Alexander Veshnyakov, was summoned to a meeting at the Foreign Ministry to talk about a Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Congratulates Georgia on the Ratification of the EU Association Agreement
On 18 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs was on a working visit in Georgia. The Minister met with the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili; the Speaker of the Parliament, David Usupashvili; Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maia Panjikidze; and the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili.
Latvia expresses its deepest condolences over the crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Latvian government leaders offer their heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of those who perished.
On 17 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, visited Dnipropetrovsk as part of a working visit to Ukraine. The Ministers met with the Deputy Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Boris Filatov; the Chairman of the Regional Rada (Council), Yevhen Udod; and the Mayor of the City of Dnipropetrovsk, Ivan Kulichenko.
From 17 July to 19 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia is on a working visit in Georgia. During his stay, the minister is to meet with Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili; the Speaker of the Parliament, David Usupashvili; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maia Panjikidze; and the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Aleksi Petriashvili.
Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia will Continue Supporting Ukraine During its Presidency of Council of the EU
On 16 July in Kyiv, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson met with representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine including a monitor from Latvia Didzis Nīmants.
On 17 July, a draft Action Plan on Cooperation with the Latvian Diaspora for 2015-2017 was announced at the weekly Cabinet of Minister’s meeting of State Secretaries. This policy planning document drafted under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs defines, for the first time in Latvia’s history, a comprehensive trans-sectoral policy for cooperation with people originating from Latvia who are currently living abroad.
On 15 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, and the Foreign Minister of Poland, Radosław Sikorski, met with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klymkin.
15 July in New York City, Inese Freimane-Deksne, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, briefed UN member nations and representatives of NGOs on Latvia’s priorities.
The State Chancellery, in cooperation with the National Museum of History of Latvia and the State Archives of Latvia, has launched an initiative aimed at involving people of Latvia in finding historical evidence about the Fatherland Award.
From 14 July to 16 July, the Political Director of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Eduards Stiprais, is visiting Armenia. Eduards Stiprais is meeting with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Shavarsh Kocharyan; Deputy Foreign Minister, Garen Nazarian; the Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Artak Zakaryan; and the Chair of the National Assembly Standing Committee on European Integration, Naira Zohrabyan.
Latvia extends its condolences to Russia and its people over the crash of a Moscow commuter train this morning.