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Foreign Minister Sven Mikser: Estonia and Poland share stance on security policy, Russia and other issues

4. June 2018 - 19:06

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met with his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz today. During their meeting they discussed relations between Estonia and Poland as well as transatlantic relations, the multiannual financial framework of the EU and the synchronisation of Baltic electricity networks with Europe.

“For Estonia, Poland has a very important role in regional cooperation, in terms of carrying out infrastructure projects and guaranteeing security, and our two countries have the same stance where Russia is concerned,” Mikser said. “We also have similar views on the need for NATO’s reinforced deterrence measures and are working together to implement them as quickly as possible.”  The foreign ministers also exchanged thoughts on the NATO summit taking place on 11 and 12 June.

Mikser also spoke with his Polish colleague about transatlantic relations, emphasising that Europe and transatlantic unity are inseparably connected for Estonia. “Recent developments in US foreign and trade policy are regrettable, as are its decisions to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal and to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union, but in security matters the United States remains are biggest and most important partner, as is reflected in the obvious dedication of the current US administration to matters of European defence,” Mikser said.

Speaking of the new multiannual budget of the European Union, Mikser said that it is important to Estonia to defend the cohesion policy and single agricultural policy budgets, which will enable key cross-border infrastructure projects like Rail Baltic to be financed, as well as to harmonise direct agricultural aid that would ensure equal terms of competition for all agricultural producers.


During their meeting the foreign ministers also discussed the synchronisation of Baltic electricity networks with Europe, which is a key energy security issue for Estonia.


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More information:

Liisa Toots
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Consultant, Public Relations Department
E-mail: liisa.toots@mfa.ee
Telephone: +372 637 7628 | Mobile: +372 5342 4541

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