Estonian formin, NATO chief discuss Belarus, Navalny poisoning

  • 2020-09-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - In a phone call on Tuesday, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg discussed the latest foreign policy developments, including the crisis in Belarus and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

Reinsalu stressed the importance of the international community closely monitoring what was happening in Belarus and condemning the grave violation of human rights there.

"It is NATO's role to be vigilant and provide deterrence. Instead of attempting to cover its wrongdoing with lies about the alleged concentration of NATO troops on the Belarusian border, the authorities of Belarus should respect the fundamental rights of their citizens," Reinsalu said.

They also discussed the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the illegal nerve agent Novichok. According to Reinsalu, this serious and cynical attack once again demonstrates that NATO must have a cautious approach to Russia.

"I propose to hold an independent investigation under the aegis of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Those responsible must be punished," Reinsalu emphasized.

The foreign minister and secretary general also discussed the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in December and the NATO 2030 report to be presented there.