EU must become strong partner to NATO – PM Karins

It is important to Latvia and Estonia that the European Union (EU) become a strong partner to NATO, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told journalists Friday following a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

…The two premiers agreed that cooperation of NATO member states is and will remain the cornerstone of the EU’s security. Karins indicated that Estonia and Latvia will continue to support closer transatlantic ties on various levels and the need for the EU to become stronger.

…While discussing issues concerning relations with Russia and Belarus, Karins noted that Belarus continues to carry out its hybrid attack against Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. He also thanked the Estonian prime minister and government for support.

…She said that Europe must achieve energy independence and invest more in renewables. Kallas therefore welcomed the plan to jointly develop the wind farm in the Gulf of Riga.

The Estonian prime minister described this as an example of good cooperation in Europe and expressed concerns not only about energy security and independence, but also about the security situation on the external borders of the EU and NATO. Kallas said that Belarus’ hybrid attack continues….

“A new package of sanctions against the Belarus regime is in the process of preparation. The military defense of the whole Baltic region is also in our security interests. It is extremely important for us to cooperate on defense matters,” the Estonian premier said.