Polish, Latvian presidents discuss defence, new EC, Three Seas Initiative

President of Poland, Andrzej Duda met with his Latvian counterpart, Egils Levits, to discuss issues such as common defence policy and European cooperation.

In his speech following the meeting President Duda praised the President Elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and asked President Levits to encourage Latvian MEPs to support Janusz Wojciechowski, the Polish nominee for European Agricultural Commissioner in her planned Commission.

As Mr Duda stated, the talks with his Latvian counterpart focused on two major international organisations which both countries are part of: the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.

The continuation and expansion of the contingent of American troops deployed to Poland was discussed. Poland seeks to host a significant US Military presence, as a deterrent against possible Russian aggression. Polish troops are currently stationed in Latvia in a similar role.

The Three Seas Initiative, a cooperation of 12 central European nations, was also discussed. The most important point being the expansion of infrastructure allowing natural gas imports by sea. This would help reduce both countries’ dependence on Russian gas supplies.

President Duda also thanked Mr Levits for attending the September 1 commemorations of the outbreak of WWII, stressing the importance of remembering heroes who died during the war.

Egils Levits began his term as Latvian President earlier this year on July 8.