Today, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz in Tartu. The bilateral meeting included Euro-Atlantic security and European Union topics, such as the multiannual financial framework, enlargement and the Eastern Partnership. They also jointly condemned Russia’s attempts to falsify history.
Reinsalu expressed support to Poland in relation to Russia’s recent statements blaming Poland for the consequences of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The Polish Foreign Minister, in turn, condemned Russia’s false claims that Estonia was a part of the Soviet Union.
Discussing security issues at the meeting, Reinsalu assured his Polish colleague that Estonia appreciated Poland’s first air policing mission that began on 1 January under NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at the Ämari airbase. “Poland is a good partner in security and other fields, and we also agreed on further developing regional and bilateral cooperation,” he said, recognising Poland’s participation in the work of the NATO Cyber Defence Centre.
“There is great potential in our relations for boosting bilateral cyber cooperation, especially for joint cyber exercises,” he added. The Polish Foreign Minister visited the Ämari airbase today. Poland has previously participated in the air policing missions seven times when Polish fighters were based in the Šiauliai airbase in Lithuania.
Indirectly linked to security, particularly energy security and increasing the competitiveness of the region, the meeting also covered the Three Seas Initiative. “The contribution of Poland as one of the key states of the Three Seas Initiative is crucial for this cooperation format becoming even stronger as a result of the summit and business forum hosted by Estonia in June.”
Talking about regional cooperation, the minister stressed that Estonia welcomed Poland’s contribution in the development of Rail Baltic. “Estonia is also interested in Poland’s experience with making preparations for their observer status in the Arctic Council,” Reinsalu added.
According to Reinsalu, it is significant that the visit of the Polish Foreign Minister took place on the centenary of the Tartu Peace Treaty. “Estonia and Poland have a shared understanding of history and security, which is only confirmed by today’s visit and symbolically introduces the celebration of the centenary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Poland,” he noted.
Photos of the meeting: https://bit.ly/2vASqoX
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