Latvia calls for NATO Article 4 consultations
Latvia’s Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has sharply criticized the Russian attack on Ukraine.
“Russian military aggression against the sovereignty, people and democracy of Ukraine is totally unacceptable,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday. It is the responsibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin to end it immediately. Latvia is in close contact with its EU and NATO partners. “We call for the start of NATO Article 4 consultations,” Karins tweeted.
Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty provides for consultations when a member believes that its territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. Latvia borders Russia and its ally Belarus. According to Karins, the security authorities of the Baltic EU and NATO countries are working in extended mode. “Let us be vigilant and united,” he wrote.
President Egils Levits said on Latvian radio that all three Baltic states and Poland will ask for consultations on further NATO measures to strengthen regional security. Defense Minister Artis Pabriks made a similar statement. Both stressed that Latvia is currently safe and not threatened.