The statement about Washington’s support for the government in Riga appeared on the background of the scandal around the head of the Central Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimshevicha
The United States expressed full confidence that the government will take the necessary steps to maintain the reputation of the banking and financial sector of the country.
“For many years we have worked together with Latvia, counteracting corruption, money laundering and other threats to international security,” said state Department spokesman Heather Nauert.
“In the future the United States will support and continue to assist the government of Latvia, the Latvian Commission for financial and capital markets and the Latvian law enforcement agencies in realizing our shared vision involving a strong and well regulated financial sector”, – she added.
Neuert statement came after the Head of the Central Bank of Latvia on Tuesday has refused to resign in connection with allegations of bribery, extortion and links with money laundering.
Ilmars Rimsevics, who was arrested on Saturday and released on bond Monday without being charged, defiantly rejected sounding in its address the criticism, calling it a dirty campaign, organized by commercial banks.