PM: It is Estonia's role to be good partner to Lithuania

  • 2021-07-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said at the government's press conference on Thursday that Estonia deems it important to be a good partner to Lithuania, which is currently experiencing a migration crisis.

Kallas said that the Estonian government has been given an overview of the situation on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border as well as of Estonia's own preparations for such occurrences and crisis exercises carried out by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

"It is important for us to be a cooperation partner to Lithuania in its emergency situation. Lithuania is a part of the Baltics and our long-standing partner, and in order for the security of all three Baltic states to be preserved, we can also use our skills to take preventive action on the Lithuanian border," Kallas said.

The prime minister said that Belarus using migratory pressure as a political tool is unacceptable and that Estonia finds this very alarming.

"We have decided that Estonia will assist Lithuania to ensure that Lithuania can successfully cope with the immigration," Kallas said, adding that Estonia is sending a police unit to Lithuania for this purpose.