«Our three Baltic States should stick together,» – this was the opening of the speech of Latvia’s Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis during his first visit official visit to Lithuania.
Kucinskis emphasized: «We need to stick together because that makes us stronger. We need to cooperate in economics, as well as strengthening defensive capabilities and unity among Baltic States.» Kucinskis’ Lithuanian colleague Algirdas Butkevičius also expressed his support towards a more intensive political dialogue and closer cooperation.
During the meeting, both leaders discussed the symbolic jubilee – 25 years since the foundation of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The two officials also discussed preparations for the one hundred year anniversary and related events.
In relation to bilateral relations, Kucinskis mentioned the progress in talks regarding joining the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and development of Latvian-Lithuanian border control. Both sides agreed to continue active work in these matters.
Kucinskis and Butkevičius expressed their satisfaction with good economic cooperation and called for more active cooperation: «There was a significant increase in attracted investments last year,» – said Butkevičius. Kucinskis noted that Lithuania is Latvia’s largest trade partner and one of the largest investors.
Maris Kucinskis informed his Lithuanian counterpart about the progress of liberalization of Latvia’s gas market. He added that Latvia’s legislation is prepared to suit gas procurement from Lithuania. He also expressed support to neighbours in the formation of a regional gas market and strengthening of energy security, including the development of local infrastructure projects.