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Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist in Latvia for bilateral meeting with Latvia’s defence minister

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On 12–13 April, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Latvia’s Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks and the Adazi military base. The focus of the visit was Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the importance of Swedish-Latvian defence cooperation.

To the left Artis Pabriks and to the right Peter Hultqvist walking outside in Riga.
Latvia’s Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist in Riga. Photo: Toni Eriksson/Ministry of Defence

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February changed the security situation in Europe. The Swedish Government’s response rests on three pillars: pushing for sanctions against Russia, supporting Ukraine and strengthening Sweden.

The discussions between Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Latvia’s Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks centred around Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine. The ministers also discussed bilateral and multilateral defence cooperation. This includes cooperation within the EU, the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force, and military exercises and cooperation within the framework of Sweden’s partnership with NATO.

“In light of the very serious security situation, cooperation with other countries is essential. Close cooperation between the countries of the Baltic Sea region is fundamental to strengthening security in our neighbourhood,” says Mr Hultqvist.

Importance of joint exercises

Mr Hultqvist and Mr Pabriks also discussed the importance of continued joint military exercises with the countries around the Baltic Sea and visited the Adazi military base together on Wednesday.

“The current situation further highlights the importance of enhancing our bilateral defence cooperation, and joint exercises are an important part of this. It’s more important than ever to conduct joint exercises and demonstrate unity between close partner countries,” says Mr Hultqvist.