Arturs Krijnis Kari, the prime minister of Latvia, sought ongoing help from the United States and other countries in fighting off further Russian aggression during a visit to the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday.
In a press conference, Krijnis Kari remarked, “It is necessary that we like-minded peoples band increasingly closer together as the world gets more hazardous in various respects.
This week, Krijnis Kari is in Minnesota for a six-day Latvian song and dance festival in St. Paul together with a delegation of officials from the Eastern European country that borders Russia. A Latvian head of state is making his or her first trip to Minnesota.
Krijnis Kari expressed his support for NATO’s this week’s steps to strengthen fortifications along the eastern frontiers of Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Additionally, he praised President Joe Biden for promising to increase American military activity in the area.
According to Krijnis Kari, the reenergized NATO alliance may potentially open up new commercial and cultural prospects between the United States and Latvia, including collaborations with Minnesota.
On Wednesday morning, Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota and Krijnis Kari met to talk about the geopolitical circumstances caused by the conflict in Ukraine as well as prospective commercial development prospects between the two states. He said that at the meeting, he encouraged Walz to assemble a group of businessmen, academics, and other decision-makers who would go on a trade mission to Latvia to assess the country’s potential for growth.
According to Krijnis Kari, it is ironic for Russian President Vladimir Putin that the conflict in Ukraine has strengthened the NATO alliance against the Russian government. Other advantages could follow as a result in the future.
According to Krijnis Kari, “the fascinating result of Putin’s war in Ukraine is that he made the Baltics a lot safer investment.”
The governor was honored to meet with the prime minister and the Latvian team, according to Walz administration spokesperson Claire Lancaster, and she “looks forward to continuing their relationship to boost commerce and preserve democracy.”
This weekend’s 15th Latvian Song and Dance Festival is anticipated to draw thousands of participants of Latvian ancestry.