On 14 November in Riga, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Russia held their regular political consultations, during which the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Titov, discussed the topics of bilateral cooperation as well as security and international politics. The talks addressed security climate in the region, the ZAPAD military exercise, conflicts in Eastern Ukraine and Syria, and alarming developments in relation to North Korea. Andrejs Pildegovičs called on Russia to take confidence-building measures towards the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, and in the Baltic Sea region.
Andrejs Pildegovičs and Vladimir Titov signed two documents: the Plan of Cooperation between both Foreign Ministries for 2018-2019; and the 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.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and the Co-Chairman of the Latvia-Russia Intergovernmental Commission, Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis, also met with Vladimir Titov during his visit.
The political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Russia are a regular format of meetings to discuss the matters of bilateral cooperation and current issues on the international policy agenda. So far, the consultations have been held on a regular basis at various levels, including meetings between the directors of Consular Departments and regional departments of both countries.
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