The Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the three Baltic parliaments emphasise in their letter to their American colleagues that we need to stand united to oppose the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and to support European energy security.
“History shows that Russia uses its energy exports as a coercive mechanism against its neighbouring countries. The pipeline will increase the energy dependence of Europe, which, in turn, will weaken European resilience against malign activities,” said the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson. “The completion of the project will give Russia yet another tool to diminish the importance of Ukraine as an energy transit country, and to exert pressure,” he added.
The Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees stress in their letter addressed to the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Gregory Meeks and Ranking Member Michael McCaul that Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and most other European countries, as well as the European Parliament, have repeatedly called on the European Union to stop the Nord Stream 2 project. “If the project is completed as planned, Russia will yet again have proven that Western principles and values can be corrupted and sold for money,” the signatories write.
“As countries on NATO’s Eastern flank, our countries are determined to work hand-in-hand with the United States to defend our common values and to reinforce the transatlantic ties between Europe and the United States. We also see the need and opportunity for cooperation in helping the Georgian people, as well as Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus in achieving their aspirations for democracy and prosperity,” the letter says. “We have to stand together against Russia’s attempts to keep these countries in their “sphere of interest” by cultivating mistrust towards democratic institutions and attempting to create rifts in transatlantic relations.”
Read the full text in English of the letter by the Chairman of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Latvian Saeima Rihards Kols, and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Seimas Žygimantas Pavilionis.
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