UK to increase defense support to Baltic nations

Great Britain is committed to strengthen security in the Baltic States after the decisions made at the NATO Summit in Warsaw and to add to allied forces’ presence on NATO’s eastern border, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said following a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Wednesday.

At the meeting, the two officials applauded the successful security co-operation between Latvia and the UK, which has played a role in the Baltic air policing mission, setup of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, and the Latvian armed forces’ participation in NATO military exercises.

Vejonis stressed that Latvia and the UK should also preserve their close co-operation since the referendum on Britain’s exit from the EU.

The president called upon British authorities to ensure that the status of EU citizens living in Great Britain remain unaffected by the Brexit vote, and fight intolerance against Latvian citizens in living there.

Vejonis told Johnson that the goal of the Russian government’s information policy was to divide transatlantic unity, and the EU and NATO should advance close co-operation to avoid this threat. The main tasks in this area include content monitoring, prevention of hate speech, incitement to hatred among different communities, calls for violence, misuse of EU cross-border transmission, increasing professionalism of the press, and fostering audiences’ critical thinking.

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