During a meeting on 16 April, Unity’s board decided to ask Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis to distance himself from Aivars Lembergs’ public statements in relation to Sergei Skripal’s poisoning in Britain.
Unity’s member, Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, voicing the official position of Latvian government, condemns the use of nerve agent in Britain against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal. Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister said he fully support partners in Britain.
«Meanwhile, Aivars Lembergs, as one of the heads of parties part of the Union of Greens and Farmers, in his last week’s published statement voiced his support to Russia’s interpretation of the situation. Without any reason he tied this case to the situation in Syria. Lembergs is known to voice opinions that oppose Latvia’s official position. Previously Lembergs criticized NATO and its troops in Latvia,» Unity comments.
«For Unity, such statements coming from a representative of UGF are unacceptable. We call UGF to clearly define its position about Latvia’s belonging to the Euro-Atlantic Bloc, which is the security guarantee for our country’s safety and independence,» says chairman of Unity Arvils Ašeradens.