President: Three Maritime Initiative members urge to strengthen NATO’s Eastern flank
May 25, 2022
The information was prepared by Justīne Deičmane, Head of the Media Center, Office of the President.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos on 24 May, President Egils Levits, together with Alar Caris, President of Estonia, and Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, took part in a panel discussion between the Presidents of the Three Seas Initiative (TJI) on developing modern infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe and security in the region.
Emphasizing the importance of TJI in the region, the President said: “The Three Seas Initiative is unique in its basic principles – politically inspired and economically motivated. It aims to attract private investors to our region. But both sides need to develop The members of the TJI are working very closely together to ensure our security and to help Ukraine, because the region is not just about geography, it is also about recognizing the various commonalities. “In absolute terms, Latvia provides Ukraine with the same support as Germany in absolute terms, as the region is important not only politically but also in terms of security.”
The President stated that the 12 member states of the Three Maritime Initiatives, as members of the European Union (EU), support the accelerated accession of Ukraine to the EU, because “it is our duty – we are the defenders of Ukraine in the European Union”.
On the security issues in the region, the President emphasized: “A new defense strategy will be adopted at the NATO summit in June. Of course, it is important for all NATO members to strengthen NATO’s Eastern Flank and NATO as a defense alliance as a whole. , and that means mainly our countries, and our main task is to do it together with our European and transatlantic partners. how strong NATO will be. “