Polish, Estonian presidents discuss NATO, migration, euro zone

President of Poland Andrzej Duda (R) and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda during a welcoming ceremony in Town Hall Square in Tartu, Estonia, 22 June 2018 PAP/EPA/VALDA KALNINA

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday discussed the upcoming NATO summit, the EU's migration policy and euro zone reforms, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski has said.

Duda, along with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Iceland and Georgia on Friday took part in ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of Estonia's independence held in the country's second biggest city, Tartu.

Kaljulaid met Duda before the official welcome of the heads of state.

"It was a bilateral talk concerning what had changed from their last meeting that took place two weeks ago in Warsaw," Szczerski told Polish reporters. In early June, Kaljulaid and eight other leaders of NATO's eastern flank countries met in Poland under the Bucharest Nine format.

Szczerski said that the Tartu talks concerned the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels. "It is important that our countries show a common stance on the need to further strengthen the eastern flank and the entire Alliance as a community that ensures security," the presidential aide noted.

Szczerski said both countries want further strengthening of NATO's eastern flank.

Duda and Kaljulaid also discussed transatlantic relations and a potential increase of the US military presence in Eastern Europe, the aide reported.

The two heads of state also focused on European issues, including migration and the euro zone. The toughening of Italy's migration policy has changed the EU's perspective in this respect, and now the EU needs to reconsider its current policies, Szczerski said.

Duda and Kaljulaid talked about the future of the euro zone in the context of a recent French-German proposal to institute a separate euro zone budget. Poland and Estonia differ in their opinions on the issue as the latter country is a euro zone member, Szczerski said.

Poland does not want the new budget to negatively affect the overall EU finances and would like to see more stability in the euro zone, Szczerski observed.

The two officials also discussed Ukrainian issues, including Russia's potential interference in the country's presidential elections.