On 11–12 January, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the Snow Meeting, the annual discussion among foreign affairs and security policy experts in Trakai, Lithuania, and spoke in a discussion on transatlantic relationship.
Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasised that the past year in transatlantic relations should be rated as excellent in the field of security. The Minister welcomed the United States’ maintaining its continued commitments in the NATO context. At the same time, he noted that Latvia also honours its commitment of allocating 2% of its GDP on defence, which enables the country to enhance its own defence capabilities and offer support for the allies.
The Minister stressed during the discussion that it was vital to continue a close and active dialogue between the EU and the US. The transatlantic link still has a major role to play in Europe’s security and defence, noted the Foreign Minister. Edgars Rinkēvičs also drew the audience’s attention to the potential impact that Brexit and the formation of new relationship in security and defence could make on transatlantic relations. The United Kingdom has always been an important partner and ally, and after its withdrawal from the EU, our interests lie in building close relations with the UK in foreign affairs and security policy.