Baltic Foreign Affairs Committees prepare for Vilnius summit in Sigulda

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On June 16 and 17, the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of the Baltic States meet in Sigulda, Latvia, to discuss the objectives of the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius, in particular support for Ukraine and strengthening the security of the region.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson said in a release that the committees as close partners wished to coordinate their further activities thoroughly in order to follow the same course in their foreign and security policy.

According to him, preparations for the NATO Summit to be held in Vilnius in July and the expectations of the Baltic States will be the main topic of the meeting. “The most important for us is to achieve strong support for Ukraine, including a roadmap for becoming a member of NATO. Strengthening of our security and restoration of peace in the whole Europe also depend on Ukraine’s accession to NATO,” he added.

The debate on the Vilnius Summit will start with a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia (and President-elect) Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Other necessary steps for helping Ukraine, including cooperation in establishing and imposing sanctions against Russia as well as holding to account personally those responsible for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, will also be spoken about at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committees. 

On Friday, the Foreign Affairs Committees of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will also visit Inčukalns underground gas storage facility and discuss topics relating to energy security. On Saturday, the representatives of the Foreign Affairs Committees will meet with Mayor of Sigulda Līga Sausiņa.

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