PM's trip to Latvia underlines Poland's role in NATO

PM Morawiecki visited Polish soldiers stationed in the Adazi base, Latvia. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Michał Dworczyk, who heads Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's office, said on Thursday that the PM's visit in Latvia on Wednesday underscores Poland's activity in NATO, especially its efforts to strengthen the alliance's eastern flank.

While in Latvia, PM Morawiecki visited Polish soldiers stationed in the Adazi base - to mark Wednesday's Polish Armed Forces Day - before being hosted by Latvian counterpart Maris Kucinskis in the capital of Riga.

In an interview for the web portal, published on Thursday, Dworczyk said the PM's trip underlined Poland's activities as a member of NATO, especially those actions designed to help strengthen the eastern part of the military alliance.

The visit in Adazi, the official added, was a mark of respect for Polish soldiers there, who are "rated very well for their military professionalism, attitude and involvement in the actions of their contingent."

PM Morawiecki's later meeting with Latvian head of government Kucinskis was "a good, 45-minute conversation," Dworczyk said, and topics included the role of Polish soldiers in Latvia and current issues, such as the development of bilateral co-operation.

In addition, the aide noted, the two PMs talked about: energy security (including the plan to connect the Baltic States to the European energy system); the need to strengthen regional solidarity in European issues, such as opposition to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and work on the future budget of the European Union; and infrastructural projects - Via Baltica, Rail Baltica and Via Carpatia, among other topics.