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Baltics offer further backing to Czech Republic

On 26 April 2021, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic met in a videoconference, at which the Baltic States expressed their collective solidarity with the Czech Republic in relation to the illegal activities of Russia’s intelligence services in the Czech Republic – namely Russia's suspected involvement in causing explosions at the Vrbětice ammunition depot in 2014.

The Ministers also discussed the relationship with Russia as well as the role of NATO and the European Union in it, according to a release from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Latvia's Edgars Rinkēvičs, Estonia's Eva Maria Liimets and Lithuania's Arnoldas Pranckevičius, congratulated the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jakub Kulhánek, on assuming his post.

In return, Kulhánek thanked the Baltic States for their solidarity and the decision to expel four members of Russia’s intelligence services.

Latvia was among the first to express solidarity at the political level and has supported joint statements published by the EU and NATO.

While the EU member states engaged in diplomacy, the Russian embassy in Belarus instead indulged in some childish name calling, reported LRT News in Lithuania.

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