Kallas in a meeting with her Latvian colleague: joint infrastructure projects will help to make the green transition a reality

25.08.2021 | 00:00

Stenbock House, 25 August 2021 – Today, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas met with the Latvian head of government Krišjānis Kariņš to discuss co-operation on joint infrastructure projects and the security situation in the region.
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“The roots of Estonian–Latvian friendship run deep – we are close neighbours and allies, united by history and values, the desire to stick together, and a similar view of the future of Europe. For us, co-operation is self-evident,” said Prime Minister Kallas.

In her opinion, the Estonian–Latvian relations are warm and close, and the countries share common interests which they stand for in the European Union and NATO.

At the meeting, the current state of synchronisation of the electricity networks of the Baltic States with Central Europe was discussed, one example of which is the third Estonian–Latvian power line opened today. “We considered it important to reach an agreement on a common approach to electricity trade with third countries,” said the prime minister. Speaking about Rail Baltica, Kallas emphasised the need to move forward quickly with design and construction work.

“Joint infrastructure and energy projects will help us achieve our climate goals, revitalise the economy, and make the green transition a reality,” she said.

Discussing security issues in the region, the prime ministers also discussed the hybrid attack on Belarus on the eastern border of the European Union and NATO. “The forcing of persons to cross the Latvian border by the Belarusian border guards is a hybrid operation against Latvia and thus against the entire EU. Such pressure will not change our policy towards the Belarusian regime,” said Kallas. The prime minister pointed out that the joint activities of the Allies and partners have helped to bring illegal border crossings under control, but the situation is being closely monitored.

Plans for the coming season were also discussed, including the importance of supporting the eastern partners of the European Union and relations with Russia.

Kallas said she plans to visit Latvia this autumn.

Photos from the meeting: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWuRf2g

Government Communication Unit