Latvian Foreign Minister Denounces Scandal ({{commentsTotal}})

Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis
Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis Source: Photo: ERR

During a visit to Estonia, Latvian foreign minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis said a scandal in early November was baseless and that his comments in a leaked letter were incorrectly interpreted by journalists.

On the first day in power for the new Latvian government, a mail correspondence between Latvian American Aivars Slutsis and the foreign minister was brought into the public eye. Slutsis said that it is not possible "to treat“ Latvians and Russians in the same way. Kristovskis allegedly agreed, although he rejected the claims.

"Those weren't my words. They were put in my mouth by journalists representing the opposition," said Kristovskis at a press conference on November 16. He added that the scandal had been an opposition attempt to undermine the new Valdis Dombrovskis's government.
 
Kristovskis said that the scandal has not harmed ties between Latvia and Russia, as the two countries plan to sign several agreements in December.


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