Riga/Bratislava, December 18 (TASR-correspondent) – Slovakia and Latvia are ready to protect each other, and their bilateral cooperation is at a very good level, said Slovak President Andrej Kiska after meeting Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis in Riga on Tuesday.
Representatives of both countries highlighted the role of unity in Europe.
Kiska explained that Slovakia and Latvia have undergone significant changes. At the moment it’s therefore necessary to reflect on how the world looked in the past and now. The president highlighted the role of some 150 Slovak soldiers serving in Latvia. “They’re here to show that we’re together in the EU and NATO and that we’re ready to protect each other. And I think that this is a very strong signal showing that not only large countries but also relatively small states such as Slovakia are ready to help Latvia if there is any problem,” said Kiska.
The presidents stressed the need for a united European Union. Kiska added that even strong countries can’t resolve current issues such as migration, climate change and terrorism individually. “But together, if we remain united, we can resolve any problem,” he added.
Referring to the current situation in Europe, President Vejonis said that Europe is facing instability in several regions, and it isn’t only about East and West. He considers Latvia’s and Slovakia’s current problems to be security in the field of information and cyber security.