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UK: Article 5 of NATO Treaty remains equally important to UK and Baltics

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAll NATO countries are united, and Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is equally relevant for all member states, says British Minister of State for European Affairs David Lidington.

Lidington is in Latvia with an official visit. During his meeting with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs the two discussed the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia and the response to these matters from the EU and NATO.

The two ministers agree that the recent ‘referendum’ in Crimea and the following annexing of this territory by the Russian Federation is a clear and serious violation of international law, which was followed by a sharp and justified reaction from the international society, as reported by the Foreign Ministry.

The two ministers were united in thought to discuss this situation in detail on the upcoming NATO summit in Wales, UK. The two ministers also agreed on the necessity to draw attention to matters of energy security and the necessity to create a common European energy market.

During their discussion, Rinkēvičs informed Lidington about Latvia’s preparations for the presidency over the EU Council in 2015 and the government’s priorities. The two agreed that the Eastern partnership requires differentiated attitude towards its member states. Rinkevics and his British counterpart also discussed bilateral cooperation in security – Rinkevics thanked the UK for the decision to provide additional support to patrol Baltic airspace, the ministry reports.

As part of his visit to Latvia, Lidington also had a meeting with Latvian PM Laimdota Straujuma, Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis and Economy Minister Vyacheslav Dombrovskis.

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