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Kucinskis: Russia’s behaviour is becoming more and more unpredictable

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met in Riga during an informal session of the Baltic Ministers Council. Baltic prime ministers discussed security matters and possibilities of cooperation in transport and energy sectors.

Leaders of Baltic governments also discussed preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw and other related matters – the migration crisis, the necessity to enhance Europe’s external borders and hybrid-war risks, as confirmed by Latvian prime minister’s press-secretary Andrejs Vaivars.

Kucinskis emphasized that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have similar positions for the NATO summit – Russia’s behaviour is gradually becoming more and more unpredictable, and the only solution to strengthen Baltic States’ security is to ensure long-term presence of international forces in Baltic States. He also emphasized the Baltic States’ need to cooperate on all levels in order to secure a decision at the upcoming Warsaw summit that would benefit all three countries.

The prime minister also added that the migration factor is also a major part of the current geopolitical situation: «We agree that our joint goal in response to the migration crisis in Europe should be aimed at the swift halt of the migration flow, appropriate protection of external borders and preservation of integrity of the Schengen area.»

Leaders of Baltic States also discussed matters related to Rail Baltica, the gas market, Nord Stream 2 project and electricity market, with an emphasis on regional connections.

Kucinskis emphasized that energy security of Baltic States can be enhanced by doing homework and actively working within regulations and interests of the European Union. «Improvement of energy security in the gas sector has been a priority for previous governments in Latvia and will be the priority of my government,» – said Maris Kucinskis.

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