Latvian Foreign Minister: The principal task of NATO continues to be defence of Allies in the Euro-Atlantic space

21.11.2019. 11:12

On 20 November 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in in the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels, where preparations for NATO leaders’ meeting were discussed. The summit will take place on 3–4 December in London.

At the gathering, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs drew  attention to fair burden sharing being key to ensuring unity; therefore further effort must be made in this area and the initiative of revising the calculation of contributions to the Alliance’s common budget should be supported.   

The Foreign Minister expressed his conviction that NATO is the guarantor of international security and stability and the mainstay of the European security architecture. NATO’s main task remains the defence of the Allies in the Euro-Atlantic space, and the Alliance must be able to respond to changes in the global balance of powers. Given that Russia’s behaviour has not changed, the current approach based on deterrence, defence and dialogue ought to be maintained. 

 


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