President on a visit to Latvia
On Friday, the first day of his visit to Riga, Bronisław Komorwski met with the presidents of three Baltic States; Lithuania’s (Dalia Grybauskaite), Estonia’s (Toomas Hendrik Ilves) and Latvia’s (Valdis Zatlers), at the 5th Riga Conference. The politicians discussed a range of issues, including energy security, relations with Russia and cooperation within the EU and NATO.
“Poland is committed to dialogue and cooperation with Russia. We will search for means to intensify this cooperation in all areas. I am convinced that, in this respect, there are no differences between Poland and the other EU member states, as dialogue and good relations between neighbours lie in the interest of us all,” said the Polish President at the press conference.
However, he pointed out that, as far as this cooperation is concerned, it is essential to pursue goals of the EU as a whole. “I firmly believe that the entire European Union would benefit from cooperating with Russia,” he said.
On Saturday morning, the Polish President met with Valdis Dombrovsky, the Prime Minister of Latvia. Poland thinks this was a very fruitful meeting.
On Saturday morning, Komorowski together with Zatlers went to Daugavpils, situated in the south-eastern part of Latvia, where a large Polish community lives. The politicians took part in the celebrations held at Freedom Square in connection with the 90th anniversary of the shared struggle of Latvian and Polish troops for Latgale.
The Latvian president thanked Poles for their contribution to the defence of Latvia in 1919-1920. The Polish president emphasised that Poles have been able to fight not only for their own freedom.
The presidents laid flowers at the cross in Słobódka, a place of national remembrance devoted to the Polish soldiers killed during the Latgale Campaign (codename “Winter Operation”).
Komorowski drew attention to the fact that Polish-Latvian relations are very good.