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  • 9 February 2018

    “Estonia is one of Poland’s closest partners and we cooperate bilaterally, in the EU and NATO,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz after his meeting with Estonia’s Foreign Minister Sven Mikser.

    Today’s talks between Polish and Estonian foreign ministers focused on the potential of bilateral relations, security, and cooperation in the EU and the UN when Poland sits on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.

     

     

    Minister Czaputowicz underscored the significance of intensive and open Polish-Estonian dialogue. “We are also developing regional cooperation between the Baltic States and the Visegrad Group. We are engaged in a dialogue on bilateral relations, specifically as regards economic and cultural cooperation,” emphasized Poland’s top diplomat during a joint press conference held with his Estonian counterpart.

     

    Poland’s and Estonia’s foreign ministers talked about regional security challenges and expressed appreciation for the engagement of NATO forces on the eastern flank. They also saw the need to intensify EU-NATO relations and to cooperate in countering cyber and hybrid threats. They reviewed the state of preparations and expectations for the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels. “Our positions on security issues converge. We view security threats in a similar way. We work together to strengthen NATO and this is what we have discussed. We would like to see the NATO summit in Brussels in July enhance and consolidate the decisions taken at the NATO summits in Newark and Warsaw,” said Minister Czaputowicz. He also mentioned Poland’s engagement in the Baltic Air Policing mission of patrolling the Baltic States’ air space and Poland’s and Estonia’s close positions on security and defence. 

     

    The two ministers also addressed the challenges facing the European Union. The Polish chief of diplomacy congratulated his Estonian counterpart on Estonia’s successful presidency of the EU Council. “I congratulated the minister on a successful presidency of the European Union Council in the second half of 2017. Poland highly appreciates the choice of priorities and their implementation,” said Minister Czaputowicz.

     

     

    The ministers also spoke about Poland’s non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and its importance. Minister Czaputowicz thanked Estonia for supporting Poland’s candidacy and recalled Poland’s priorities: supporting principles of international law including sovereignty and territorial integrity, preventing conflicts and promoting mediation, and discussing emerging threats to peace and security, including hybrid threats posed by non-state actors and threats related to climate change.

     

     

    MFA Press Office

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