On 4-5 December 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will take part in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Foreign Ministers in Brussels. The event will address issues high on the current NATO agenda and consider the ways forward.
NATO Foreign Ministers will take stock of progress made in the implementation of decisions taken at the NATO Brussels Summit this past July. Current developments concerning Euro-Atlantic security will then be discussed, especially the threat caused by Russia and violations of international agreements, for instance, infringement of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and Russia’s use of force against Ukrainian vessels off the Kerch Strait.
The meeting will also include a joint session with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Ukraine, thereby reaffirming the Alliance’s commitment to sustaining a high-level dialogue and cooperation with both countries seeking to enhance their security and defence capabilities and strengthen democratic institutions.
The ministers also intend to share views on the increasing challenges in the southern neighbourhood of the Alliance, including conflicts in the Middle East, terrorist threat and the migration issue. NATO’s role in promoting security and stability of that region will also be discussed, including NATO missions and their results. It must be noted that Latvia is providing significant contribution to NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
With the EU High Representative and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini joining the discussion, opinions will also be shared on current developments in the Western Balkans, including the course of negotiations on Macedonia’s membership in NATO.
At the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, it is important for Latvia to underline the paramount significance of transatlantic relations in strengthening security in both the Alliance’s territory and its neighbourhood. Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs intends to give a sharp focus to the need for responding to Russia’s aggressive actions and demonstrating support for Ukraine.