Today, the 42nd Session of the Baltic Assembly was held in Tallinn, Estonia. The Resolution adopted at the Session emphasises that it is necessary to further strengthen the defence cooperation of the Baltic States, as well as cooperation in the fields of crisis management, civil defence, media and information space, energy, transport infrastructure and protection of biodiversity.
President of the Baltic Assembly and Head of the Estonian Delegation Timo Suslov, who chaired the Session, thanked the neighbours for excellent cooperation. “Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have together become a force to be reckoned with, having a real impact on world politics – and this cooperation will continue. We will also continue to work to make the Baltic States secure, connected and innovative, and we will hand over the BA Presidency to Lithuania with dignity,” he said.
The Baltic Council, the cooperation assembly of the governments and the parliaments of the Baltic States, also held its sitting today. Chairman of the Baltic Council of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Margus Tsahkna emphasised at the meeting of the Baltic Council that the Baltic States were standing together in defence the gates of the Western world. The Foreign Minister believes that at the moment the Baltic States should focus on increasing the cost of aggression for Russia. He also underlined that Ukraine’s future was in NATO and the European Union, and the allies had to jointly support Kyiv on this path.
At the end of the BA Session, the Resolution was adopted, the Final Document was signed, and also the BA budget and working plan for the next year were adopted. Estonia passed the presidency of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers on to Lithuania. The new President of the BA Andrius Kupčinskas addressed the Assembly and gave an overview of Lithuania’s priorities during its presidency under the motto ‘Growing strong and resilient together’.