On 14 November in Riga, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russia, Vladimir Titov, who is in Latvia to take part in the regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Russia.
“Although we have a different opinion on the conflict in Ukraine, and we do not recognise and condemn the annexation of Crimea, we wish to carry forward practical cooperation with Russia in matters where it is possible under present circumstances,” Edgars Rinkēvičs noted. Our countries are neighbours, said the Minister, and it is essential that work be continued on various practical topics. The Minister also called on the Russian side to implement the Minsk agreements, as currently there is no progress on the issue.
Edgars Rinkēvičs gave a positive evaluation of the work accomplished by the intergovernmental commission and the commission for the demarcation of the Latvia-Russia border and expressed satisfaction that two bilateral documents will be signed during the political consultations later today: Agreement on Amendments to the Agreement of 20 December 2010 between the Government of the Republic of Latvia and the Government of the Russian Federation on Facilitating Mutual Journeys of Border Residents of the Republic of Latvia and the Russian Federation; and the Plan of Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russia Federation for 2018-2019.
During the meeting, the Latvian Foreign Minister said that Latvia wishes to repossess the originals of Latvian films created in 1919-1940. Latvia is going to celebrate the centennial of its statehood next year, and the originals of those movies is a vital element of Latvia’s cultural heritage, said Edgars Rinkēvičs.
The parties also exchanged views on the issues of current importance in international relations and politics, including developments in Iran, North Korea and the Middle East.
The political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Russia is a regular format for discussing the matters of bilateral cooperation and the most important issues on the international policy agenda. The consultations will be led by Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and Vladimir Titov, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russia.
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