Ambassador Christopher Robinson
Remarks at State Border Guard Handover Event
January 24, 2024
Minister Kozlovskis, General Pujāts, distinguished guests, I am pleased to be with you today to mark the handover of United States government-funded vehicles to the State Border Guard.
The 57 all-terrain vehicles are a part of a larger security assistance package to the Latvian State Border Guard. In total, the U.S. government has provided over 170 all-terrain vehicles to enhance the security of Latvia’s and NATO’s Eastern border.
These contributions are more important today than ever, given our current security challenges and the threats posed by Russia. During my visits to Latvia’s Eastern border, I have seen firsthand how these vehicles increase the mobility and effectiveness of the State Border Guard. I have also met Border Guards who are committed to their mission of keeping their country – and NATO – safe and secure. I personally want to thank all the border guards for their dedication and continued service.
The U.S. government has worked with Latvia for many years to implement programs that improve border detection and surveillance capabilities. Later this year, we plan to provide additional secure communications equipment that will increase the State Border Guard’s interoperability with Latvia’s National Armed Forces and allies.
In conclusion, the United States appreciates deeply the State Border Guard’s critical work and the Latvian government’s continued investment in border security. We all know that strong borders are essential to Latvia’s security and stability. But protecting Latvia’s eastern border also keeps our NATO Alliance secure and strong. Border security will continue to be a priority for our partnership. As always, we are proud to stand with Latvia as your friend, partner, and NATO Ally. Paldies.