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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe new Chief of Latvian Security Police Normunds Mežviets is a ‘dry professional’ who concentrates on work and is not politically influenced, believes the head of Saeima National Security Committee Valdis Zatlers.

In his interview to Latvijas Radio, Zatlers said Mežviets can be rather ‘dry’ at times. Nevertheless, often those who prefer to talk and participate in talks are the most politically influenced. The first steps may turn out hard, but there is a lot of work ahead of him – this includes the recently launched investigation regarding possible vote buying and Latvia’s coming presidency over the European Union.

Zatlers also noted that it is important to strengthen budgets of security institutions. It is expected that they will increase next year. Zatlers also mentioned in his interview that the opposition also welcomes this initiative.

The head of Saeima National Security Committee also commented on Latvia’s security. He especially noted that Estonian airspace has also been frequently breached by Russian military aircraft lately, and it is worth keeping in mind that Latvia may one day face war provocations as well. «Our time will come,» – said Zatlers. He added that the response to such provocations should be cold and reasonable. «We have gotten used to nothing happening in our country,» – said Zatlers, adding that the geopolitical situation and overall security has changed since the annexation of Crimea.

This Tuesday, October 28th, the Latvian government approved Mežviets for the post of Chief of Security Police.

Mežviets has been involved with matters of national security since 2002. He began working in SP in 2005. Mežviets began his service with work with anti-terrorism matters, contributing much to the formation and development of Security Police’s Anti-Terrorism system.

The current head of SP Janis Reiniks has decided to retire. This decision was made by him due to personal reasons. With that, he will leave his post November 7th.

Reiniks began his service in Security Police in 1995 as Chief of Security Police. He has been in this post for the past fifteen years.

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