On 27 June 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, presented a Certificate of Commendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Russian Federation, Jānis Peters, for his significant contribution, integrity and professional service.
After Latvia regained independence in 1991, Jānis Peters became the first authorised representative of the Republic of Latvia in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and, from 1992 to 1997, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Russian Federation. Jānis Peters contributed greatly to the restoration of the status of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Russian Federation and to organizing the mission’s work.
During Jānis Peters’ time in office, an agreement on the withdrawal of the Russian Armed Forces from the territory of Latvia was prepared and signed, as well as several other important bilateral agreements between the Republic of Latvia and the Russian Federation.
Jānis Peters promoted the preservation of Latvian traditions among the Latvian community in Russia by opening the Embassy’s Sunday school in Moscow and organizing cultural events and creative evenings. The activities of the Latvian Society in Moscow and a choir were supported, and a church was built on the Embassy grounds.
The Latvian Foreign Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The poet and former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary was awarded the Certificate of Commendation by the Foreign Ministry on the occasion of his 80th birthday, due on 30 June.
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