Today 2 June, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Foreign Minister of Poland Jacek Czaputowic are on a visit to Estonia to attend a quadrilateral ministerial meeting. The meeting at the Foreign Ministry covered issues related to the COVID-19 crisis, current European Union and foreign and security policy issues, regional cooperation and the impact of COVID-19 on international relations.
“Close relations with our neighbouring countries are extremely important, particularly in a crisis,” Reinsalu said. “We discussed next steps in opening borders between the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area.”
“The crisis is far from over and we are heading for a long period of economic recovery. For a quick recovery, we need an ambitious long-term budget of the European Union. The recovery plan of the European Commission is a positive and powerful step, a clear signal of the European Union’s desire for a rapid exit from the economic crisis and moving towards a green and digital economy,” Reinsalu added.
Reinsalu also thanked the foreign ministers for their support and active participation in high-level events organised during the Estonian Presidency of the UN Security Council. “Estonia’s first presidency of the UN Security Council was held in unprecedented circumstances and support from friends was vital. Estonia is also welcoming the foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to the Three Seas ministerial meeting in late June and the global digital conference in early July,” Reinsalu said. “This crisis has demonstrated the importance of digitalisation. If we join forces in the region, every party can come up with solutions that work best for their country.”
The ministers also discussed issues related to the Middle East, China and Hong Kong, as well as the World Health Organization, relations with Russia and security cooperation.
Today at 13.30, the ministers will take part in the panel discussion COVID-19 Talks at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, moderated by journalist Neeme Raud. The livestreamed event will focus on the geopolitical impact of COVID-19, the European Union, security, relations with the United States, as well as Russia and influence activities.
The visit is concluded by a bilateral meeting between Reinsalu and the Polish foreign minister.
A joint statement was adopted at the ministerial meeting, which is available here: https://vm.ee/et/uudised/joint-statement-foreign-ministers-baltic-states...
Photos (the gallery is updated throughout the day): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNA7Jya
Photographer: Marko Mumm
All four foreign minister will meet at the NB8+V4 video meeting held tomorrow 3 June.
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