Belarus's relations with Latvia, one of its major
partners, have been relatively free of problems. The
unchanged from that established in 1940, so that marking
establishing normal border controls (so that both
deal with smuggling and illegal immigration) were fairly
straightforward. Neither the 120,000 ethnic Belarusians in
nor the approximately 3,000 ethnic Latvians living in
Belarus and Latvia have signed a number of agreements.
agreement signed in December 1991 covered respect for the
of minorities and for national borders; Latvian president
Ulmanis and Belarusian foreign minister Pyotr Krawchanka
similar accords in August 1993. In May 1995, the
ministers of both countries signed an agreement on
rail transport and communications.
Data as of June 1995