Baltic, German foreign ministers: We must fight coronavirus together

  • 2020-03-18
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - At the invitation of Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, a video conference between the foreign ministers of the Baltic countries and Germany was held on Tuesday to discuss solutions to the coronavirus crisis.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said to his Baltic colleagues that even when border controls have been reintroduced, Germany will allow for the continued transport of goods, as well as the transit of people from the Baltic states who are returning home or to their place of residence, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.

At the border, people wishing to transit through Germany must present detailed information about their planned movements. The Estonian foreign minister thanked Germany for its help in trying to resolve the difficult situation at the German-Polish border and for offering Estonian citizens a chance to return home through German territory.

The foreign ministers of the four countries agreed that European Union countries need to ensure that humanitarian corridors are available for the people returning home, and that the international transport of goods continues.

"Member states must coordinate their crisis measures to help citizens both inside and outside the European Union," Reinsalu said according to spokespeople.