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Foreign Minister Mikser: NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the importance of transatlantic relations

27. April 2018 - 21:18

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser was in Brussels for the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The meeting focused on relations with Russia, the situation in Afghanistan, projecting stability in NATO’s southern neighbourhood, and NATO’s open door policy ahead of the upcoming NATO Summit.

“We made preparations for the NATO Summit taking place in July,” Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said. “I am delighted that the newly appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the meeting and we had the opportunity to emphasise the importance of the transatlantic alliance together,“ Mikser added.

NATO’s relations with Russia were discussed at the beginning of the meeting. “We do not foresee any changes in relations with Russia,” Mikser said. “As long as disagreements with Russia on Ukraine and the security of Europe remain, all cooperation in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council is suspended.”

Foreign ministers also reaffirmed NATO’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan, including support for finding a lasting political solution.

During the discussion on challenges stemming from NATO’s southern neighbourhood, Mikser stressed that close EU-NATO cooperation is necessary to ensure stability in the region.

Foreign Minister Mikser emphasised that continuing NATO’s open door policy will help to strengthen security, promote welfare and the rule of law. “Accession perspective provides an important impetus for implementing reforms and contributes to the strengthening of democracy, the rule of law and common values,” Mikser added.

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Liisa Toots
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Adviser, Communication Department
+372 637 7628

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