Today 13 September, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets was in Riga to meet with the foreign and defence ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to discuss current security policy issues and the decisions of NATO’s June summit and their implementation.
Foreign Minister Liimets said that common action and a strong transatlantic bond between the Allies were crucial in current circumstances. “It is important to focus on the future of NATO, including the next strategic concept that should include responses to existing threats as well as emerging challenges, and centre on collective defence,” Liimets said.
The ministers talked about regional security issues and emphasised continued support for Ukraine and Georgia. They also discussed the situation in Belarus and better ways of countering the hybrid attack by Belarus on the external border of the European Union. “It is crucial to bolster regional security to make sure our preparedness is more adapted to the changing environment,” Liimets emphasised.
The ministers also talked about the Zapad-21 military exercise taking place on the territories of the Russian Federation and Belarus. “Russia has not been transparent when it comes to the number of military personnel and objectives of previous exercises. It is important for Russia and Belarus to respect their international commitments under arms control agreements,” Foreign Minister Liimets said.
The meeting also covered the meeting of NATO foreign ministers set to be held in December in Riga, which will in turn include preparations for the NATO summit in Madrid next summer.
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