Linkevičius and Estonia’s Foreign Minister discuss bilateral and regional cooperation
On 12 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Sven Mikser, who arrived on a working visit to Lithuania. The meeting focused on important bilateral issues, the EU agenda, security policy and energy security, the situation in Ukraine, and the Eastern Partnership.
“We are going through trying times when we are dealing with a variety of challenges, so the Baltic unity takes on even greater importance,” noted the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.
Linkevičius welcomed the country’s excellent bilateral relationship with Estonia and emphasized the importance of positions of both countries and of coordination of actions, in particular with regard to Estonia’s future Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2017. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister reminded that Lithuania was ready to share its experience of holding the Presidency of the EU Council.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister stressed that in the near future it was necessary to make decisions with regard to the synchronization of the electricity systems of the Baltic countries with the continental European networks, as well as with regard to the continuation of the implementation of the Rail Baltica project.
“We must jointly raise the issue of the Astravets nuclear power plant project in Belarus, which is being implemented in a non-transparent manner and fails to meet the international nuclear safety and environmental requirements. This is a problem not just for Lithuania and Estonia, but for the entire region,” said Linkevičius.
As regards security challenges facing the countries, the Foreign Ministers discussed how Lithuania and Estonia could make a joint effort toward the implementation of decisions of NATO’s Summit in Warsaw, the continuation of a principled sanctions policy towards Russia, support for Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries.
“We hope that the participants of the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will take place in Brussels during the period of the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, will make important decisions on the future of this initiative,” said Linkevičius.
Mikser was appointed as Estonia’s Foreign Minister on 23 November 2016. Prior to the appointment, he served as the Minister of Defense and was elected to the Riigikogu (Parliament) of Estonia multiple times.