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Baltic and German ministers affirm commitment to deepen cooperation in defence

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULooking back at the 25 years since the restoration of diplomatic relations between Baltic States and Germany, foreign affairs ministers of said countries deeply value the close cooperation and mutual support that played a major role on the road towards Euro-Atlantic integration of Baltic States.

The shared experience of Baltic States, which they acquired over the course of the past 25 years, has been helpful to many other countries on their road toward freedom, democracy and justice. Baltic States and Germany are committed to continue protecting these values, as reported by Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Foreign affairs ministers from Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Germany met at the annual 3+1 forum in Riga on Tuesday, 13 September. Topics that were discussed during the meeting included political and security challenges the four countries face within and outside Europe’s borders. Ministers also discussed the future of the European Union.

In 2015, foreign affairs ministers approved an action plan to deepen bilateral cooperation in fields like media, civil society, strategic communication, education and matters of the youth. Baltic ministers expressed their gratitude to Germany for providing assistance to different projects and events in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Ministers also expressed the desire to continue and expand this cooperation further.

Ministers expressed their commitment to deepen cooperation in the fields of security and protection, as well as continue realizing the decisions that were made during the NATO summit in Warsaw. Ministers emphasized the importance of the decision made by NATO allies to expand their presence in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Germany’s offer to station troops in Lithuania provides considerable contribution towards strengthening the region’s security, as emphasized during the meeting.

All four countries affirmed their united vision for Europe, which is based on solidarity and mutual assistance in creating a united security and defence policy. Baltic States and Germany agree that Europe provides historically unified and vitally-important structure to create peaceful and mutually beneficial relations for its residents and provide peace and stability to the world.

In regards to the future of relations between the EU and UK, ministers are prepared to assist in inter-institutional talks once the British government announces its decision to leave the EU. The UK remains an important partner to Europe. Ministers once again confirmed their interest in maintaining close relations with the UK.

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