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    Estonian formin praises security and defense cooperation with Netherlands

    TALLINN, Jun 12, BNS - Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser praised security and defense-related cooperation with the Netherlands at his meeting with Stef Blok, the Dutch foreign minister, in Tallinn on Tuesday.

    "Estonia appreciates highly the security and defense-related cooperation with the Netherlands. The Netherlands is our largest partner in defense procurements, a frequent participant in joint military exercises and a significant contributor to the work of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence and NATO's increased deterrence in the Baltic states," spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Mikser as saying.

    "We also stand together with the Netherlands for the protection of human rights and internet freedom, and at the European Union level work in close cooperation in the field of e-health," the minister added.

    The foreign ministers confirmed that the two countries have enjoyed a century of good friendship which has contributed to both countries' development and welfare, spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added.

    Blok came to Estonia in connection with Dutch King Willem-Alexander's state visit. The ministers of foreign affairs touched on the relations between the two countries, the investigation report on the Malaysian MH17 aircraft shot down over Ukraine, relations with Russia and transatlantic relations at the meeting.

    Speaking about the findings of the MH17 investigation report, Mikser expressed support to his Dutch counterpart. "It is important to find a fair solution and bring Russia to accept responsibility in accordance with international law," he said. Mikser added that Europe has to stick to a common line in relations with Russia.

    Both ministers observed that regardless of the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and tariffs to be imposed on EU steel and aluminum, transatlantic unity remains essential for preserving peace and security in the region.

    The foreign ministers also exchanged thoughts about the EU's financial framework for 2021-2027. Both stressed the importance of continued funding for pan-European infrastructure projects. EU and Brexit-related topics, as well as expectations regarding the NATO summit in July were discussed as well.

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    • Published: 12.06.2018 16:21
    • LETA, BNS
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