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President Kaljulaid in Lithuania: close co-operation between the Baltic states will ensure the strength and security of the region

President Kaljulaid in Lithuania: close co-operation between the Baltic states will ensure the strength and security of the region © Robertas Dačkus/Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania


"For Estonia, Lithuania is a good neighbour, close partner in the European Union and ally in NATO. The strength of our region will be ensured by the solidarity of the Baltic states on key issues, such as security and energy independence," said President Kersti Kaljulaid in Vilnius today, after her meeting with the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Presidents Kaljulaid and Grybauskaitė discussed the future of the European Union, the Ukrainian-Russian crisis, defence co-operation between the Baltic states and their energy independence, the migration crisis, the Eastern Partnership and the impact of the Brexit referendum on the European Union.

The Estonian Head of State mentioned that ensuring the security of the European Union is a central challenge both because of the aggressive behaviour of Russia and the increasing threat of terrorism. "One of the corner stones for ensuring the security of our region is co-operation between the Baltic states, including the contribution to joint projects that will ensure our energy independence. This has become more and more important for our region, in light of global events," said President Kaljulaid, who is currently on a one-day introduction visit to Lithuania.

At their meeting, the heads of state also discussed the future of Rail Baltica project, which is important for the region in general. "This is an initiative that will help to form an even closer connection between the Baltic states on the one hand and, likewise, link the countries of our region to Europe. Therefore, the speedy progress of the project will serve the interests of us all," emphasised President Kaljulaid.

Presidents Kaljulaid and Grybauskaitė shared a common position about the resolution to the European migration crisis. "We most focus on elements that will bring the member states together, not drive them apart. The solidary performance of the European Programme for Integration and Migration is in order, combined with more efficient control of the EU's external borders and co-operation with third countries to handle the main reasons for the migration," said President Kaljulaid.

In discussing the Eastern Partnership, the Estonian Head of State stated that this should be treated as a long-term foreign policy priority. "The continued support of reforms in Eastern Partnership countries is and will remain important," she added.

The visit to the Republic of Lithuania is the third foreign visit of President Kaljulaid. Last week, she met with the President of the Republic Finland, Sauli Niinistö, and the President of the Republic of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis. Next week, the Head of State will travel to Poland to meet with the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

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