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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to attend NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting in Riga in November

    RIGA, Oct 10 (LETA) - In November, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will attend the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Riga, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia John Carwile acknowledged in an interview with Latvian Television.

    In his interview, Carwile said that various decisions will be made during the meeting, but they will certainly not touch on military issues, because this is not the field of foreign ministers. "But security and co-operation will be at the heart of the talks. And we are really looking forward to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arriving in Riga. It has been a long time since a U.S. secretary of state has visited here," the ambassador said.

    Asked whether the recent events in Belarus and Russia, where large-scale military exercises took place in those countries, could be a reason for the U.S. to decide on the permanent deployment of its forces in Latvia, Carwile replied that any such decision must be made by the U.S. president, and tnat he has no information yet on plans to deploy or relocate a significant number of U.S. troops.

    "But this does not mean that the United States does not have a strong and unbreakable commitment to be stand together with Latvia, especially considering NATO's Article 5, which states that an attack on one member state means an attack on all. President Joe Biden has made it very clear, back when he was a senator and vice president, and now as president, that his commitment to the security of Latvia and the Baltics is unbreakable," the ambassador stressed.

    Also in the interview, the ambassador highlighted the great progress that Latvia has made over the past 30 years and how grateful the United States is for its close friendship with Latvia.

    "When we returned to Latvia after the brutal Soviet occupation, we saw a country that had been partially destroyed, at least the institutions were. And only after years of gradual progress has Latvia been able to renew itself - to restore institutions, regain people's trust, join NATO and the European Union and become a strategic partner of the United States, and we are really grateful for that," said Carwile.

    • Published: 10.10.2021 06:58
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