Giorgia Meloni today in Latvia before the NATO summit in Vilnius

Prime Minister meets Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins

Before arriving in Vilnius for the NATO summit, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will be in Riga today for a bilateral agreement with Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins. This is the first visit by an Italian head of government to Latvia since 1998. In view of tomorrow’s Vilnius Summit, the meeting allows for the enhancement of the presence of the Italian contingent at the Adazi military base, as part of the enhanced Forward Presence, and the participation of Italy in NATO’s air policing activities in the Baltic region, as well as to strengthen cooperation in the economic and cultural fields on a bilateral level.

The war of Russian aggression against Ukraine will be one of the topics at the center of the bilateral agreement between the Prime Minister and the Latvian Prime Minister who will have the opportunity to take stock of the main issues on the agenda at the NATO summit in Vilnius, including the roadmap for the accession of Ukraine, the position of the Alliance on the eastern flank and defense spending. Italy and Latvia share the commitment to support Ukraine at all levels: political, military, humanitarian and refugee reception, and underline the importance of the role of NATO and the European Union in crisis management. Italy and Latvia are also united in supporting Ukraine’s European integration in line with the commitments undertaken with the EU institutions. On an economic level, the economic collaboration between Italy and Latvia is booming. In 2022, trade reached 1.1 billion euros (+30.4% compared to 2020).