Latvian, Estonian presidents stress need for Ukraine's accession to NATO

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President of Latvia Egils Levits, said Monday after meeting with Estonian President Alar Karis that both countries were in favor of a faster accession of Ukraine to NATO.

Levits and Karis believe that concrete, measurable progress is needed at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July.

"It's not enough to say anymore – NATO's door is open, which we have been saying for 15 years now. We need to have a concrete road map on how Ukraine will be able to join NATO," Levits says.

The President said that Latvia and Estonia are the world's largest contributors to Ukraine in proportion to gross domestic product. “It shows how seriously we take Russia's war against an independent and democratic country – Ukraine – and how seriously we take this security situation,” noted Levits.

Both presidents also discussed energy and infrastructure projects. The presidents agreed that the Rail Baltica railway project should be implemented as soon as possible. Also, the joint implementation of the Latvian-Estonian cross-border offshore wind energy project “ELWIND” would significantly increase the energy independence of the Baltic region.

The president of Estonia called for the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in other areas.

“It is difficult to see why, for example, Estonia's digital prescription can be used to purchase medicines in Portugal, but not in Latvia. And we are working together to make it possible,” Karis said.

The President of Estonia also met with the Prime Minister of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš on Monday and visited the construction site of Rail Baltica. During his stay, he will also address the Saeima, visit the Ādaži military base, the Inčukalns gas storage, and Valmiera.

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