Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met today with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok, who is in Estonia as part of the state visit of King Willem-Alexander. During their meeting the ministers discussed relations between Estonia and the Netherlands, the report on the investigation of the Malaysian aircraft shot down over Ukraine, relations with Russia and transatlantic relations.
Mikser and Blok emphasised the 100 years of friendly relations between Estonia and the Netherlands, which have contributed to development and well-being in both countries. “Estonia values its security and defence cooperation with the Netherlands highly,” Mikser said. “The Dutch have been our biggest partner in defence procurements and have frequently taken part in joint military exercises. They’ve also been a major contributor to the operations of the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and NATO’s boosted deterrence in the Baltic States. We also stand with the Netherlands in defending human rights and Internet freedom, and at the level of the European Union we work very closely together in the field of e-health.”
Discussing the results of the report on the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Mikser expressed his support for his Dutch colleague. “It’s important that an equitable solution is found and that Russia accepts its responsibility in accordance with international law,” he said, adding that Europe needs to maintain the same line in relations with the Russian Federation.
The ministers agreed that despite the United States withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal and the steel and aluminium tariffs that America may impose on the European Union, transatlantic unity is crucial for peace and security in the region.
Mikser and Blok also discussed the financial framework of the European Union for 2021-2027, with both stressing the importance of continued funding for pan-European infrastructure projects. The ministers also exchanged thoughts on the EU and Brexit and their expectations of the NATO summit in July.
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