Foreign ministers of 4 countries discuss situation in Belarus

  • 2020-08-11
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Finland on Tuesday discussed the situation in Belarus and regional security.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu on Tuesday took part in events at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the residence of the president of Latvia marking the 100th anniversary of the peace treaty of Riga, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said. 

During a meeting with the foreign ministers of Latvia, Poland and Finland, the situation in Belarus, regional security, transatlantic relations and relations between Russia and the European Union were talked about. 

"In light of the presidential elections in Belarus, we can see in how big a danger are aspirations towards democracy even in places very close to us," Reinsalu said according to spokespeople.

"It is a duty of the European Union and the whole free world today to put pressure on the authorities of Belarus for an end to be put to violence and the people arrested for political reasons to be released. We will make a proposal with the foreign ministers of Latvia, Finland and Poland to convene an extraordinary meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council this week," he said.

Reinsalu described the spread of false information and influence of Russia as a shared concern of the European Union. 

"During the crisis, disinformation coming from the east was on an upward trend. Therefore, common positions of the European Union concerning Russia are of utmost importance. Especially we must support Ukraine -- during the coronavirus crisis Ukraine needs economic and political assistance and strong support," the Estonian minister said.  

In his remarks at a high-level event marking the centennial of the Treaty of Riga at Riga Castle, Reinsalu highlighted mutual support as being of key importance. 

The Estonian minister said that, one hundred years ago, Latvia achieved an agreement with Russia which had a trailblazing role in the creation of Latvian statehood. Since then, Latvia, just like Estonia, has had to confront Russian aggression and changes in the region.

"We must be able to adapt to global change, observing the principles that we have been fighting for," Reinsalu said.