LATVIA – Speaker of the 14th Saeima
Edvards Smiltens: «A free, independent country is worth every sacrifice» (30/11/2022, Black Coffee Evening at the Latvian National Defence Academy in honour of Latvia’s war cadets).
Edvards Smiltens: «Today we remember our heroes, they are special people. Heroism is neither bravado nor ostentation. It has to do with sacrifice. I was able to sacrifice the most precious thing, myself, for something greater. A free, independent country is worth whatever it takes», Speaker of the Seimas Edvards Smiltens said on Wednesday, November 30, addressing participants of the Freedom Fallen School.
Data Sources: https://www.saeima.lv/aktualitates/saeimas-zinas/31672-saeimas-priekssedetajs-melnas-kafijas-vakara-briva-neatkariga-valsts-katra-upura-verta
Edvards Smiltens: «History shows that for at least the last 100 years every incarnation of Russian political power – be it communists, monarchists, reds or whites – has always been aggressively unfriendly towards an independent, free Latvia and the concept of democracy as a whole» (Address by the Speaker of the Saeima on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Latvian Saeima, 07/11/2022).
Data source: https://www.saeima.lv/aktualitates/saeimas-zinas/31596-saeimas-priekssedetaja-edvarda-smiltena-uzruna-latvijas-saeimas-100-dzimsanas-diena