«Latvia categorically condemns the terrorist attacks that struck Brussels today, on 22 March. There can be no excuse for such actions, and they only serve to ruin fundamental values that hold up the democratic society. Unfortunately, it serves as a reminder that terrorism remains one of the largest threats to every country’s and the entire world’s safety. We have to unite in order to combat this evil,» – said Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis.
As it is known, two blasts took place in Brussels Zaventem Airport on Tuesday, 22 March. According to information from Belgian media, at least ten people were killed and many more injured in those blasts. Multiple blasts have also partially destroyed metro stations elsewhere in the Belgian capital.
The president expresses his deepest sympathy to victims and their families and the entire Belgian nation. Vejonis wishes all surviving victims of the terrorist attacks a quick recovery, as reported by the State President’s Chancellery.
«The tragic events in Brussels prove once again that out decision regarding internal and external security was correct. Work should be continued in this direction,» – emphasizes Raimonds Vejonis.
Raimonds Vejonis has discussed the recent tragic events in Brussels and the security situation with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis. After reviewing information regarding the security situation with Latvia’s Security Service and partner services, Vejonis concluded that it is currently not necessary to call a meeting of the National Security Council.
Our country’s services carry out all the necessary actions to prevent any threat to state security, as reported by the State Presidents Chancellery.
Saeima speaker Inara Murniese also strictly condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and expresses her deepest sympathy to relatives of all victims of terrorist acts.
«Blasts at Brussels airport and metro prove that our freedom and values are under attack. We have to do all in our power to protect our people. The tragic events in Brussels remind us that decisions made by the European Union to enhance external and internal security have to be realized in full and without any delays,» – said Murniece.
«We need to oppose radicalization tendencies, including the spread of terrorist propaganda on the Internet, and limit the spread of illegal arms and explosives. We need close and coordinated cooperation of all European services to combat terrorism more effectively,» – adds Murniece.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has expressed sympathy on behalf of Latvia to Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Didier Reynders in relation to the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels.
The foreign minister strictly condemns the terrorist attacks in Brussels and emphasizes that politically or ideologically motivated violence is unacceptable with established democratic values and human rights in Europe.
According to information provided by Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, the potential terrorist threat level in Latvia remains low.
All of Belgium has been put on the highest possible state of alert following the terrorist attacks of 22 March.
According to VRT, the blast at the airport’s departure area was carried out by a single suicide bomber.
Aircraft on their way to Brussels Zaventem airport at the time of bombing have been diverted to other airports. Brussels Zaventem airport itself has been closed off to passengers, arriving and departing flights.