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Baltic parliamentarians receive U.S. support for regional security

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The main message received from U.S. senators is that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have no reasons to worry about non-compliance with NATO obligations from their allies,» – notes Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee’s chairman Ojars Eriks Kalnins.

«This was a historic meeting in the Senate, which was attended by 8% of all senators. Such a large representation of senators in talks with Baltic parliamentarians proves – we are strategic partners,» – says the head of Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

A joint Baltic parliamentarians delegation is currently on a visit in Washington, USA. It is the first visit of Baltic parliamentarians to Washington after the presidential elections in USA. The meeting with senators was hosted by Mitch McConnel, leader of the majority in the U.S. Senate, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Kalnins said that Baltic parliamentarians received support from U.S. House of Representatives and praise for accomplishments on the road towards allocating 2% of GDP for defence in 2018.

After discussing the decision made at the NATO summit in Warsaw in regards to constant presence of allied forces in Baltics and Poland, Latvia’s delegation informed their American colleagues about the active work that is being carried out in the country – creation of a multi-national battalion combat group under Canada’s leadership.

Kalnins described the visit to Washington as a successful one.

As part of the visit organized by Latvia, members of the delegation met with Senator Mitch McConnel and the Senate’s leading senators, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker and Co-Chairman Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain and members of the committee. Baltic parliamentarians also met with Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce, the committee’s co-chairman Eliot Engel and other important figures of the U.S. Senate.

In Washington, Baltic parliamentarians also met with representatives of the European Policy Analysis Centre and took part in a discussion with experts about transatlantic cooperation, security of the Baltic region and NATO matters in The Heritage Foundation think tank and round-table discussion organized by The Atlantic Council.

Latvia’s delegation consists of Ojars Eriks Kalnins, deputy Artis Rasmanis and Martins Bondars.

Saeima’s press-service reports that Chairperson of the parliament’s National Security Committee Solvita Aboltina and Chairman of Defence, Interior and Corruption Prevention Committee Ainars Latkovskis presented Congressman Robert Pittenger a letter of invitation and asked him to attend one of the meetings in the Latvian parliament.

Chairpersons of both committees expressed confidence that modern security challenges increase the necessity for coordinated actions. This is why it is an honour and an opportunity for Latvia to speak up and actualize important security matters in Latvia and Baltic region as part of this parliamentary cooperation platform.

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  1. Ivars Bezdechi says:

    The last time the United States pledged support to the Baltic States was during World War II. And we all know that resulted of being under the Russian boot for over 60 years. Mr. Kalnins’ naivete is unbelievable. Just as Barack Obama’s “line in the sand” was constantly shifting towards Syria, the same goes towards the Baltics. Obama and Biden have made very nice chooch-e-coo with the Baltics and given Mr. Kalnins the words he wants to hear. The straight truth that in spite of “assurances,” the American public will not support having their sons and daughters on the front line having their blood spilled on Baltic soil. First of all, most Americans still don’t know where the “Baltics” are — they confuse “Baltics” with “Balkans” — even if they know that.

    With his white hair and stately demeanor, I’m sure that Kalnins was able to evoke very nice words of support to the guy speaking English with a touch of an Eastern European accent. But until the Baltics make their case to the world about their existence and why the must be defended, Kalnins’ assurances about Baltic security don’t mean a hill of beans.

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    • Linda says:

      if the USA doesn’t know where the Baltics are how come there are USA et al troops stationed there?

      Do take your point about large states promising things that they don’t deliver; a mote point is the British allowing Baltic ordering and paying for weapons in 1937/38 and not delivering them!

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