On 19 February 2018, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, met with Elise Stefanik and Anthony Brown, members of the Committee on Armed Services at the U.S. House of Representatives.
During the meeting, the Parliamentary Secretary expressed satisfaction at Latvia’s intensive political dialogue with the U.S. Administration and the Congress, which had resulted in further U.S. support for the security and defence of Latvia: a constant rotational forward presence of the U.S. has been established in the country, U.S. troops take place in military exercises in the Baltic States and Poland on a regular basis, and the U.S. Congress has increased funding for the European Deterrence Initiative. Because of this, society in Latvia can feel more secure. Members of the Congress Stefanik and Brown pledged unwavering U.S. support for Latvia’s security and Article 5 of NATO Charter.
In response to questions from the Representatives on how Latvia was countering hybrid threats and what was the impact of Russian state propaganda on Latvia, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica emphasised that only by cooperating closely with the U.S., NATO and the EU it was possible to tackle these new security risks. Latvia welcomes U.S. support for projects which foster better journalism and media literacy. It is a priority for Latvia to stimulate the capacity of its society to critically assess media content, instead of responding to propaganda with propaganda.
In conclusion of the conversation, when asked about priority issues in Latvia’s foreign policy for 2018, the Parliamentary Secretary named the strengthening of the country’s security, the promotion its external relations in economy and trade, EU development processes, and also the deepening of bilateral relations between Latvia and the U.S.
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