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Vejonis: Britain will increase its support to protect Baltics

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBritain will increase its support to protect Baltics by realizing decisions made at the Warsaw NATO summit in regards to increased military presence in countries of the eastern flank, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis after his meeting with British Foreign Affairs Minister Boris Johnson.

During their talk, it was admitted that up until now Latvia’s and Britain’s cooperation in matters of defence has been successful in terms of ensuring regular patrolling of Baltic airspace, establishment of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence and participation of Latvian troops in military exercises organized by NATO.

The president emphasized that the two countries should remain good partners after Brexit vote as well. «Cooperation established between our two countries in trade and business is important to both sides,» – he said.

During the meeting with the British minister, Vejonis once again invited the British government to make sure the status of Latvians living in the country is not affected by Britain’s exit from the EU, as confirmed by the President’s Press Service.

Latvia’s president also mentioned that the information policy employed by the Russian government is aimed at fracturing Euro-Atlantic unity. This is why Europe and NATO should form closer cooperation to prevent such risks. Monitoring of different contents, prevention of hate speech, incitements to violence, abuse of EU cross-border broadcast, raising the overall professionalism of different media and promotion of the audience’s critical thinking are the main objectives in this field, said the president.

As part of his official visit to the United Kingdom, Raimonds Vejonis has met with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness D’Souza, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow and representatives of the Latvian community in Britain.

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