Latvia, Estonia want Rail Baltica deal signed «as soon as possible»

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Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis met his Estonian counterpart, Taavi Roivas Tuesday, with the pair agreeing that action is required to advance the planned Rail Baltica long-distance regional rail project.

A press release from the government press office about the short-notice trip to the northern neighbor said: "During the meeting, the Heads of Government discusssed economic cooperation between the two countries.

"M. Kučinskis and  T. Rõivas agreed that with regard to the Rail Baltica project, the trilateral intergovernmental agreement must be drawn up and signed as soon as possible."

However, no directly-attributable quotes from either of the Prime Ministers were included in the release, with no suggestion as to how soon "as soon as possible" might be: days, weeks or months.

The Prime Ministers also discussed the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit to be held in July and "expressed hope that the Summit will adopt decisions that are favourable to the Baltic States, as well as support for the increased presence of NATO forces in the region," the release said.

An Estonian government press release quoted Roivas as saying: "Our goal is to continue the Wales summit decision at Warsaw... and attain a strengthened NATO presence in the region."


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