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Meeting between prime ministers of Finland and Latvia focuses on deepening bilateral cooperation and security in Baltic Sea region

Government Communications Department
Publication date 24.11.2023 17.02 | Published in English on 24.11.2023 at 17.18
Press release
Latvian ja Suomen pääministerit tiedotustilaisuudessa.
Latvian ja Suomen pääministerit tiedotustilaisuudessa.

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo and Latvian Prime Minister Evika Siliņa met in Helsinki on Friday 24 November. The prime ministers’ discussions focused on bilateral relations between Finland and Latvia, security issues and topical themes on the EU agenda.

“Finland and Latvia have good, wide-ranging relations. It has been great to see how trade between our countries and cooperation in areas such as security and defence have intensified. In the current geopolitical situation, seamless cooperation throughout the Nordic and Baltic region is extremely valuable,” says Prime Minister Orpo.

The prime ministers noted that the situations at their countries’ borders are very similar: asylum seekers are being used as a tool for hybrid influence activities with the assistance of foreign authorities. Countering hybrid influence activities and enhancing cyber security are in both countries’ interests.

Discussions between the prime ministers touched on the Finnish comprehensive security model. Finland is prepared to share its experiences and know-how with its allies, such as Latvia.

The prime ministers discussed major themes on the EU agenda, such as the enlargement of the Union, the mid-term revision of the multiannual financial framework and the EU’s Strategic Agenda for the next five years. The EU leaders are set to make decisions on EU enlargement and the mid-term revision of the multiannual financial framework at the December European Council.

They also discussed Russia’s illegal war of aggression in Ukraine and the EU’s support for Ukraine. Both Finland and Latvia are determined in their support for Ukraine and the country’s path towards EU membership.

“Ukraine is defending its freedom for a second winter now, and we in the rest of Europe do not have the right to become fatigued. Comprehensive support for Ukraine must remain a strategic priority for Europe for as long as necessary. We must also work resolutely to gain the widest possible global support for Ukraine’s peace initiative. In the end, we all want peace, but it must be achieved on fair terms,” says Prime Minister Orpo.

Prime Minister Orpo also expressed Finland’s support to Latvia in its efforts to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2026–2027.

While in Helsinki, Prime Minister Siliņa also met with President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö.

Inquiries: Tuomas Tikkanen, Special Adviser (EU Affairs), tel. +358 40 523 5768 and Anne Sjöholm, Head of Communications for EU Affairs, tel. +358 40 537 0733, Prime Minister’s Office