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Secretary Clinton Visits the Region to Discuss NATO, Economic Recovery
June 28, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is travelling to Finland, Latvia, and Russia from June 27-June 30 for meetings and discussions with regional leaders on an array of issues including economic recovery and defense. In Helsinki, Secretary Clinton is holding bilateral meetings with senior Finnish officials to discuss a number of shared foreign policy priorities, including the European economy, Syria, Iran and climate change. Later today, the Secretary will travel to Riga, Latvia, where she will meet with senior Latvian officials to discuss our joint commitment to NATO missions and priorities as well as Latvia’s recovery from economic crisis. She will also participate in a street renaming ceremony in honor of former U.S. Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles, whose Welles Declaration formalized the U.S. refusal to recognize the forced incorporation of the Baltic Republics into the Soviet Union. The Secretary will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 28 where she will lead the U.S. Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Women and the Economy Forum. While in Russia, the Secretary will also meet with Foreign Minister Lavrov as well as civil society leaders.