On 3 October 2019, representing Latvia at the EU Arctic Forum in Umeå, Sweden, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, underlined that given the increasing strategic importance of the Arctic, it is vital that peace and security in the region be preserved. “Although Latvia is not an Arctic country, the Arctic region is important to us, since we are bordering two Arctic countries,” the Minister noted. Developments in the Arctic affect us more than we or others may know, Edgars Rinkēvičs said.
Latvia advocates an international and transparent approach to addressing Arctic issues, rooted in international cooperation and the rules-based international order. Regrettably, processes facilitating militarisation and growth of geopolitical competition are currently underway in the region.
Climate change is felt across the globe and the fact that almost all Arctic countries are strategic partners to Latvia makes Latvia closely follow the developments and challenges in the region and treat them seriously and with a sense of responsibility.
Edgars Rinkēvičs also pointed out that the EU’s role in the Arctic region and in addressing its challenges should increase.
The EU Arctic Forum has been organised by the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the Government of Sweden.
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