Estonia takes over NATO contact embassy functions in Belarus

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Functions of the NATO contact embassy in Belarus will pass from Latvia to Estonia. The statement was made by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to Belarus Martins Virsis during the international seminar “International security and NATO in 2016” on 15 December, BelTA has learned.

The diplomat thanked the Belarusian side for attention to international security matters. “Latvia welcomes Belarus’ cooperation with NATO on terms of equality and dialogue,” stated Martins Virsis. In his words, although the Latvian embassy will no longer act as NATO’s contact embassy, the embassy intends to continue supporting Belarusian efforts. In his opinion, the efforts help bolster security in the region.

The Ambassador of Latvia also said he believes that the seminar was also aimed at advancing the dialogue on international affairs and at expanding contacts between experts. The international seminar has been traditionally organized by the Foreign Policy and Security Research Center of Belarus in association with the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. Renowned experts, diplomats, representatives of public organizations and associations, representatives of Belarusian universities took part in the seminar. Latvia’s Permanent Representative in NATO Indulis Berzins (the Embassy of Latvia acts as NATO’s contact embassy in Belarus for now), Dean of the International Relations Department of the Belarusian State University, Doctor of Historical Sciences Viktor Shadursky, Chairman of the Board of the Foreign Policy and Security Research Center, Doctor of Historical Sciences Andrei Rusakovich also took part in the seminar. A total of about 60 people took part in the seminar.

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