Our goal is regional safety - Polish FM says in Tallinn

Wiktor Dąbkowski

Baltic cooperation is one of Poland's priorities, Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz assured during his June 3-4 visit to Tallinn.

The visit was intended to strengthen regional cooperation among Baltic Sea countries, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote in a press release.

While in Tallinn, Minister Czaputowicz delivered an address opening the 9th EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Forum. The minister stressed the need for maintaining Baltic Sea countries' unity in face of common challenges. "We must unite our efforts to protect the Baltic's sensitive ecosystem, development of infrastructure and the strengthening of our economies' innovativeness, also through the development of the digital market," said Czaputowicz.

In this context the minister noted the special importance of the cohesion policy in the strengthening of the region's potential and competitiveness. He also pointed to threats for the region stemming from Russia's military activities in the Baltic region and plans to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

During his visit to Estonia the Polish foreign minister met with his Estonian counterpart Sven Mikser.

On Sunday, Minister Czaputowicz took part in a meeting between Polish and Estonian PMs, Mateusz Morawiecki and Juri Ratas, and in a four-party meeting of the prime ministers of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The talks focused on common security challenges and cooperation in developing regional infrastructure.