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Foreign Minister Mikser: Nord Stream 2 is primarily a political project

11. May 2018 - 16:10

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser was in Palanga for the meeting of foreign ministers of the Baltic countries and Germany to discuss the future of Europe, MFF, the Eastern Partnership, preparations for the NATO Summit and relations with Russia.

“We must turn political attention to the region and together support the Eastern Partnership countries in implementing reforms, while keeping focus on media freedom and cooperation with civil society,” Mikser said. To achieve these objectives it is important to secure the necessary funds for the new budget period.

Speaking about the upcoming NATO Summit, the foreign ministers agreed that it is important to strengthen the deterrence and defence posture. Mikser added that one of the topics on the agenda will be NATO’s open door policy which Estonia supports.

Speaking about the relations with Russia, the importance of continuing with the EU’s unified and firm policy was emphasised. The foreign ministers also discussed the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. “Estonia sees Nord Stream 2 primarily as a political project, not a business project. It is incompatible with the objectives of the EU energy policy and will not contribute to EU's energy independence or the diversification of suppliers," Mikser said.

The foreign ministers also discussed recent developments regarding the Iran nuclear deal and topical EU affairs.

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Liisa Toots
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Adviser, Communication Department
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