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    Latvian and Japanese defense ministers agree to continue cooperation in cyber-defense

    RIGA, March 1 (LETA) - Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis (Greens/Farmers) and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera have agreed on the necessity to continue both countries’ cooperation in cyber-defense and strategic communication, LETA was told at the Defense Ministry’s press office.

    During a visit to Japan this week, Bergmanis met with the Japanese defense minister for a detailed discussion on both countries’ regional security issues

    The defense ministers of the two countries agreed that the existing world order is facing various challenges and that it is therefore necessary to step up cooperation to strengthen peace and security in the world.

    The Japanese minister indicated that the threats from North Korea are no longer of regional but global character. Nuclear tests North Korea conducts to develop its nuclear program and possibly also manufacture and proliferation of nuclear weapons is a gross violation of international law, and it takes a coordinated action of all countries to counter North Korea’s threats to humankind.

    The minister also exchanged opinions on the situation in Russia and its military buildup near the two countries’ borders. The Japanese minister voiced concerns about Russia’s increased military activity near Japan’s border, including Vostok 2018, a strategic military exercise Russia is going to stage this year. The Latvian defense minister noted that Latvia, too, experienced similar security challenges as Russia held its Zapad maneuvers in 2017.

    During the meeting, the two ministers agreed that cooperation in cyber-defense and strategic communications has to continue. This cooperation is especially important to Japan as it prepares to host the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The Japanese minister said that assistance of any partner would be highly appreciated.

    Bergmanis also invited his Japanese colleague to visit Latvia.

    As reported, Bergmanis is in Japan on a working visit from February 26 to March 2.

    • Published: 01.03.2018 11:27
    • LETA
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