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Estonia’s Foreign Minister Kaljurand discussed the security and future of Europe with the Foreign Ministers of the Nordic-Baltic and Visegrad Group countries

At the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Nordic-Baltic and Visegrad Group countries in Jurmala, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand stressed the importance of unity in resolving the migration crisis and in guaranteeing security and the future of the EU.

On the subject of the NATO Summit Warsaw in July and European security, Foreign Minister Kaljurand stressed the need to strengthen NATO’s defence and deterrence stance, including increasing the allied presence in the Alliance’s eastern flank. “The NATO Summit must take a broader and longer-term view of challenges from both the east and south, by acting jointly in a new and changed security environment,” the Foreign Minister added.

The foreign ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine and the execution of the Minsk agreements.

When speaking of solving the migration crisis, Foreign Minister Kaljurand emphasized the importance of the unity of the EU and the importance of cooperation with Turkey and the Western Balkans countries.

“European countries have varying concerns regarding the migration crisis, but we can only emerge from the crisis by acting uniformly and in solidarity, respecting the principles of Schengen and securing our external borders, and preventing the activities of human trafficking networks,” Kaljurand said.

She added that in relocating and receiving refugees, their voluntary choice, awareness of what is upcoming and successful integration into society are important.

On the subject of the future of the European Union and the United Kingdom’s EU referendum, Kaljurand highlighted the importance of preserving European unity and the prevention of degradative processes in the EU. “The referendum is an internal matter for the United Kingdom, and a question for its people to decide.

Estonia, however, certainly does not want to see one of its most important security policy partners departing from the European Union,” Kaljurand said.

Kaljurand stressed the importance of regional cooperation and a coordinated approach regarding energy security. “In order to increase our energy security and develop a functioning internal market, the construction of additional energy connections is necessary.

In order to guarantee the Baltic region’s energy security, it is necessary to build new power connections, as well as to develop a common Nordic-Baltic market. Estonia’s goal is to strengthen our electrical connection with Latvia and build the gas pipeline Balticconnector, to connect the gas networks of Finland and Estonia,” Foreign Minister Kaljurand added.

The foreign ministers also discussed cooperation with the Eastern Partners and intensifying regional cooperation.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, Icelandic Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brendel, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Finnish Foreign Ministry State Secretary Samuli Virtanen, Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek and the Hungarian of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó.

{Source: Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Communication Department}

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