At the joint visit of the parliamentary delegations of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to the United States House of Representatives,
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi expressed cross-party support to the Baltic States and Poland.
During the first joint visit of the parliamentary delegations of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to the United States Congress, the main focus was on the issues relating to the security of the region, dealing with the provocative behaviour of Russia and the practical implementation of the Three Seas Initiative.
At the meetings with Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, representatives of the Parliament of Estonia the Riigikogu Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and Andres Sutt focused on future cooperation in the sphere of cyber security and resisting influence operations.
“Continuation of the US defence assistance was the central topic at all meetings. The continuing support of both the Democrats and the Republicans is important,” member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said. “The influential members of the House of Representatives and the Senate who participated in the meetings had a strong interest in Estonia’s experience in cyber security and increasing the awareness of cyber threats. We would certainly like to further develop our relations in that field.”
At the meetings in the Congress, Pentus-Rosimannus and Sutt also introduced the Three Seas Initiative and its summit that will be held in Tallinn. Chair of the Estonia-USA Parliamentary Group Andres Sutt remarked, “The Three Seas Initiative is important for better connections between the countries of North and South Europe, and for providing an alternative to the politically targeted investments of Russia and China. We are very happy that the USA has decided to contribute a billion dollars to the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund.”
In the opinion of Pentus-Rosimannus, the timing of the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish visit is essential, because at present, the next year’s defence budget is being discussed in the Congress. “Such meetings provide an excellent opportunity for an open and direct exchange of opinions on the international threat picture and discussion of practical developments of cooperation.”
Besides meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the members of the Riigikogu in Washington also had meetings with leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee James Risch and Bob Menendez, Chair of Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Bill Keating, Chair of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff and Member of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee John Shimkus.
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