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Prime Minister: Baltic States have to speak with one voice at the NATO summit in Warsaw

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring his first foreign visit, Latvia’s Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis met with his Estonian colleague Taavi Rõivas in Tallinn on Wednesday, 2 March. Both agreed that Baltic States should speak in one voice at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw.

«The three priorities we need to address include combating hybrid war in all of its symptoms, ensuring the presence allies and strengthening of our own defensive capabilities,» – noted the two prime ministers during a press-conference after their meeting.

Speaking of security policy and relations with Russia, both Kucinskis and Rõivas noted that Russia’s behaviour keeps becoming more and more unpredictable. They added that NATO should work more actively towards establishing long-term solutions. «There is no reason to relax – work has to be continued,» – said the two leaders. Estonia’s prime minister also commended Latvia for its efforts to ensure defence budget’s financing at 2% of GDP.

During their meeting, Kucinskis thanked Estonia on behalf of Latvia for the support the neighbouring country provided in talks with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He expressed hope for continued support in the final stage of talks. Estonia’s prime minister admitted: «We support and closely follow the process of Latvia’s joining of OECD. It is important for Estonia to see Latvia join this organization.»

In regards to Rail Baltica, prime ministers of the two Baltic States said successful realization of this project will bring not only practical benefits, but also a powerful symbolic purpose. Maris Kucinskis confirmed Latvia’s readiness to become actively involved in supervision over the project and called for regular meetings of high-rank officials of Baltic States.

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