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At the meeting of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly and the Speakers of the national parliaments of the Baltic States, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar acknowledged the cooperation between Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in the field of security and defence, and assured that the Baltic States would continue to support Ukraine until Ukraine has won the war.

Hussar said at the meeting that the cooperation of the Baltic States during the Estonian presidency of the Baltic Assembly had been excellent both at the level of the parliaments and the committees. However, he thinks that there are areas where cooperation could be improved.

“Undoubtedly, cooperation in the field of security and defence has been very effective and we as a region have played an important role in supporting Ukraine and exerting maximum diplomatic, political and economic pressure on Russia,” he said, and expressed confidence that the Baltic States would continue to fully support Ukraine as long as it is necessary.

Hussar highlighted the cooperation of the Baltic States also in the field of digital and cyber security, and underlined the importance of completing the construction of Rail Baltic. “Rail Baltic has been a priority for us because it not only increases the connectivity of our region but it also has a great military mobility potential,” he pointed out.

In his opinion, cooperation could be better in the energy sector. “We must put more emphasis on desynchronisation of power grids and developing of local sustainable energy production in order to accelerate the transition to green energy and prepare a long-term strategy for the energy security and independence of the Baltic States,” Hussar said.

Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen and Deputy Speaker of the Saeima (Parliament) of Latvia Antoņina Ņenaševa are in Tallinn, Estonia, for the42nd Session of Baltic Assembly which is held in the Session Hall of the Riigikogu today. Today, they will also visit the Cultural and Educational Centre Viimsi Artium together with Hussar.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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