Estonian parlt foreign affairs committee chair meeting Nordic, Baltic colleagues in Oslo

  • 2023-04-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Estonian parliament Marko Mihkelson is participating in a meeting of the chairs of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of the Baltic states and the Nordic countries (NB8) in Norway on Monday and Tuesday.

The meeting will focus on supporting Ukraine and the enlargement of NATO, parliament spokespeople said.

Mihkelson said that security developments and supporting Ukraine would be discussed during the first day of the meeting in Oslo.

"All our efforts are aimed at maintaining and increasing international support to Ukraine, to help Ukraine achieve a strategic victory over Russia. At the same time, we must continue to broaden sanctions against Russia and move forward with the creation of an international special tribunal to investigate the crimes of aggression," he added.

The changes brought about by the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO will be discussed on the second day of the meeting. The chairs of the foreign affairs committees will also speak about the future foreign and security policy cooperation between the Nordic countries and the Baltic states and how to strengthen it.

"Finland’s recent and Sweden’s hopefully forthcoming accession to NATO will strengthen the security of our entire region, but it will also give us new opportunities for cooperation which we must use well," Mihkelson said.

The meeting, which is held in the NB8 format, brings together the chairs of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.