TALLINN - Partnership with the United States helps to maintain the stability of the European Union, and Europe needs more US presence, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Monday.
Reinsalu took part in an informal video conference of EU foreign ministers where thoughts were exchanged with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The introductory remarks of the video call were read by the EU High Representative Josep Borrell, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.
"The United States is our closest partner and ally," Reinsalu said. "Our transatlantic partnership is strategically important to maintain stability and a Western way of life. The coronavirus crisis has only confirmed this understanding," the Estonian minister said.
According to Reinsalu, the Baltic region and the rest of Eastern Europe have witnessed increasing aggressiveness on the part of Russia.
"What is happening in Ukraine is not only of local significance, but defines whether international law and and respect for the independence of states is standing," Reinsalu said.
Reinsalu said that Europe needs more presence by the US, and stressed the importance of the Three Seas Initiative in transatlantic cooperation. The minister expressed hope that the next conference of the initiative, which will be held in Tallinn on October, will see representatives of high level convene in Tallinn.
Reinsalu also proposed that a dialogue between the foreign ministers of the United States and Europe could take place at last two times a year.