On 13 July, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with students of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Their discussions addressed issues of Latvian–Russian bilateral relations and their future prospects, current international developments and the priorities of Latvia’s foreign policy.
During the conversation with students, Andrejs Pildegovičs appreciated the fact that such meetings are turning into a good tradition which enables young people from Russia to obtain first-hand information about Latvia and visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While offering an insight into Latvia’s history and bilateral relations, the State Secretary highlighted preparations for the next year’s landmark event – the Centennial of Latvia – and invited those present to visit the celebrations.
In the context of bilateral relations, Latvia is interested in maintaining the dialogue with its neighbour Russia, while also engaging in practical cooperation in cross-border matters, border demarcation, border protection, culture, transport and other areas.
While talking about international issues, the State Secretary highlighted the need for all stakeholders to contribute to the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine by implementing the Minsk agreements.
The students and teachers expressed appreciation for the opportunity to visit the Latvian Foreign Ministry and receive answers on Latvia’s positions and perspectives concerning the current bilateral relations and international issues.
For the fourth year in a row, the RANEPA student summer study trip to Latvia has been organised in cooperation with Riga Technical University. This cooperation project allows Russian students to get more thoroughly acquainted with Latvia and visit certain regions, municipalities, and businesses, providing a broader picture of the developments in the Latvian public administration, economy, culture and other areas.
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