• Sandra
  • Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
  • Vice-Chair
  • Latvia Partija "VIENOTĪBA"
  • Date of birth: 22 December 1952, Tomskas apg. Kolpaševas raj. Toguras ciems


  • AFET Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • DASE Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)


  • AGRI Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • D-UA Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee
  • DEPA Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly

Most recent activities

Joint motion for a resolution on the situation in the Maldives

14-03-2018 RC-B8-0168/2018

Joint motion for a resolution on mercy killings in Uganda

14-03-2018 RC-B8-0165/2018
  • Putin divides Europe - An Op-ed by 13 MEPs in Frankfurter Allgemeine @faznet @EPPGroup @europarl_en
    14/03/2018 10:19 - twitter
  • Putins sašķeļ Eiropu - kopā ar 12 eirodeputātiem vēstule Vācijas 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    14/03/2018 10:16 - twitter
  • Putin divides Europe Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 14.03.2018, S.10 An Op-Ed by the Members of the European Parliament Michael Gahler (EPP, DE) Rebecca Harms (G/EFA, DE) Laima Andrikiene (EPP,LT) VP) Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE, LT) Ana Gomes (S&D, PT) Gunnar Hökmark (EPP, SE) Sandra Kalniete (EPP, LV) Tunne Kelam (EPP, EE) Clare Moody (S&D, UK) Dariusz Rosati (EPP, PL) Andrey Kovatchev (EPP-BG) Julia Pitera (EPP-PL) Cristian Dan Preda (EPP, RO) Jaromir Stetina (EPP, CZ) The contributions of 20 February and 1 March unsurprisingly featured opposing views on North Stream 2. Remarkably, however, the ‘Jamaica’ group of authors concluded North Stream 2 was causing damage to Europe, whilst the ‘Grand Coalition’ group of authors concluded North Stream 2 was strengthening Europe. Both opinions agree on a potential advantage for European industry and consumers enjoying sufficient gas supply from multiple sources. North Stream 2 as a pipeline delivering from Russia would not advance diversification of supply. One should, however, ask the question, if and to what extent the commercial interest of the suppliers is coupled with political interest. Since the project consists of foreign investment into the strategic infrastructure of the EU, it is of primary concern to our security. It seems politically untenable to ignore the double nature of Gazprom as an economic entity and a foreign policy vehicle of an increasingly authoritarian and revisionist Russia. None of our other international suppliers, be they a democracy or not, holds the perception of the European Union with its core values as an adversary and challenger of their domestic order - except for Vladimir Putin. Here lies the motivation for his objective of dividing, weakening and intimidating the EU. He presents new and ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons in continued breach of the INF Treaty on limitation of mid-range nuclear missiles. The ongoing, apparently comprehensive and extremely professional, campaign of cyber-attacks on authorities in Germany, Ukraine, Baltic and Scandinavian countries certainly surpasses the capabilities of patriotic computer kids in Moscow. It is unrealistic to assess North Stream 2 independently of this main vector of Russian policy! North Stream 2 is designed to weaken Ukraine by avoiding her gas transportation system. This is clearly demonstrated by the most recent case of political abuse of gas supply. Day by day, since the beginning of March, Gazprom is denying the delivery of 18 million cubic-meters of gas, which Ukraine’s Naftogaz had already pre-paid for the entire month with 127 million USD. As a consequence the Ukrainian government has called on the population to reduce heating despite of winter temperatures, and schools and kindergartens are preliminarily closed. Such Russian interference does not serve our interest! The Ukrainian people repeatedly chose to follow the European, not the Russian model. Putin seeks to frustrate these European aspirations and escape the challenge to his rule by a democratic and prosperous Ukrainian neighbour. Moreover, we should recognize the need to deny Russia additional gas revenues financing the interventions and warfare in Syria and Eastern Ukraine, the illegal annexation of Crimea, as well as the occupation policy of territories in Moldova and Georgia and last, but not least, the support of extremist political groups seeking to disturb and destroy the European Union. It should be seen as our civil reaction to military aggression. Following our guiding principles we must honour the interests of EU Member States before those of a third country, especially of an aggressor. North Stream is a political instrument of Putin, Putin seeks to divide Europe. We should deny him success.
    14/03/2018 10:12 - facebook



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