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On 6 and 7 September 2023, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Nordic countries (NB8) will meet in Latvia. Latvia will be represented at the meeting by the Prime Minister, acting Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

The meeting will address support for Ukraine and regional security, focusing on issues of energy security and hybrid threat, as well as cooperation between NB8 countries in international organisations.

It is planned that delegations will visit Cēsis, where they will meet with the Chairman of the City Council, Jānis Rozenbergs, and visit a company, SIA Defence Partnership Latvia.

The meeting will be concluded in Riga with a joint press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Latvia has assumed the coordination of NB8 cooperation in 2023. Latvia’s priorities in the NB8 coordination effort are related to the strengthening of a rules-based international order, military security and deterrence capabilities, and resilience. For further information about Latvia’s priorities, see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Events for the media

Photo and video opportunities on 7 September:

  • 09.3009.45 – visiting a company, Defence Partnership Latvia, in Cēsis (Piebalgas iela 95),
  • 10.40–10.45 – arrival of delegations at Cēsis Castle (Pils laukums 9),
  • 11.1011.15 – family photo in Cēsis Castle,
  • 11.20–11.25 – delegations’ meeting in Cēsis Castle,
  • 15.45–16.25 – joint press conference Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Riga, K. Valdemāra iela 3, atrium on the 1st floor).

Members of the media are requested to apply for participation not later than at 14.00 on 5 September by contacting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at e-mail:

Please plan your arrival not later than 20 minutes before each event.

The press conference will take place in person, to be followed online on the Foreign Ministry’s website and its LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube accounts.