Latvia–United States relations

Latvia–United States relations

Latvia – United States relations
Map indicating locations of Latvia and USA


United States
Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C.

Latvia–United States relations are bilateral relations between Latvia and the United States.


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The United States established diplomatic relations with Latvia on July 28, 1922. The U.S. Legation in Riga was officially established on November 13, 1922, and served as the headquarters for U.S. representation in the Baltics during the interwar era. The Soviet invasion forced the closure of the legation on September 5, 1940, but Latvian representation in the United States has continued uninterrupted for 85 years. The United States never recognized the forcible incorporation of Latvia into the U.S.S.R. and views the present government of Latvia as a legal continuation of the interwar republic.

Latvia and the United States have signed treaties on investment, trade, intellectual property protection, extradition, mutual legal assistance, and avoidance of double taxation. Latvia has enjoyed most-favored-nation treatment with the United States since December 1991.

According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 30% of Latvians approve of U.S. leadership, with 30% disapproving and 39% uncertain.[1]

Principal U.S. Embassy Officials include:

  • Ambassador— Nancy Bikoff Pettit
  • Deputy Chief of Mission— Sharon Hudson-Dean
  • Political/Economic Officer— Lyn Debevoise
  • Management Officer— Aaron Olsa
  • Consular Officer— Anne Debevoise
  • Public Affairs Officer— Katherine L. Giles-Diaz
  • Defense Attache— Phillip G. Antekeier

The U.S. Embassy in Latvia is located in Riga.

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Global Leadership Project Report - 2012 Gallup

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • History of Latvia - U.S. relations