Ambassador Carwile Remarks at the Opening of RFE/RL New Riga Office

Ambasssador John Carwile January 13, 2023 Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga Mr. President, Mr. Minister, Mr. Fly, distinguished guests; I am pleased to join you tonight for a celebration of freedom – the freedom to speak one’s mind, the freedom to hold our leaders accountable, and the freedom to tell the truth. For more …

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Complementary Response Small Grants Program

Call for Proposals: Complementary Response Small Grants Program (CRSGP) FY 2023 U.S. Embassy Riga in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs is pleased to welcome proposals for the Complementary Response Small Grants Program (CRSGP) from  potential partners working to assist Ukrainian refugees in Latvia. This support is meant …

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U.S. to Provide Latvia with Foreign Military Financing to Strengthen Deterrence

Riga, October 7, 2022 – The U.S. government will provide Latvia with an estimated $200 million in security assistance and security cooperation funding in Fiscal Year 2022. This includes over $145 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to strengthen Latvian security and military interoperability.  The latest FMF package, which received final approval by the U.S. …

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Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs At a Joint Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 7, 2022 FOREIGN MINISTER RINKĒVIČS: (Via Interpreter) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. And indeed, today I had the honor to welcome my U.S. counterpart here in the National Museum of Latvia, Mr. Blinken. When we met last time in December, when the foreign …

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Representative Steny Hoyer reflects on the U.S. Helsinki Commission’s historic visit to Latvia in February 1991

Thirty years ago I was honored to lead a Congressional delegation to Latvia and other Baltic states in a moment of uncertainty and peril for democracy and self-determination. In Riga I saw firsthand the yearning for freedom after decades of Soviet occupation and communist rule. I was proud to bring the well wishes of the …

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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

Secretary Pompeo released the State Department’s report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Read the report Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy . (PDF–4,42 MB)

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Remarks at the Atlantic Council

Remarks A. Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Atlantic Council Washington, DC October 18, 2018 A/S Mitchell: Thank you, Damon, for that warm introduction, and I’d like to thank Atlantic Council for having me here to speak today at a very important conference. I appreciate the work that Atlantic Council does, …

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U.S. Air Force Secretary Discusses Contributions to NATO Operations and Baltic Air Policing Mission with Defense Ministry Leadership

Riga, July 19, 2016 – The U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James departed Riga Sunday following meetings with Latvian Ministry of Defense officials to discuss Latvia’s role in the Baltic Air Policing mission as well as its contributions to Operation Atlantic Resolve. Following her meetings, Secretary James said, “I had very enlightening …

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