Polish, Estonian presidents discuss regional security, green energy

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Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday met with visiting Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to discuss military and energy security as well as green solutions for the two countries' power systems.

Duda said the talks focused on the security of Ukraine and this part of Europe as well as the situation in Belarus, where Polish activists have been persecuted by Alexander Lukashenko's regime.

Duda said Poland is seeking solutions to free detained Poles and ensure that "basic human rights are respected."

The Polish president said that observing the principles of a "just energy transition" is important for both Poland and Estonia as the two countries' power systems are still based on fossil fuels.

President Kaljulaid said that Poland is her country's strategic partner. "We share a common understanding of regional security as well as issues related to Russia and trans-Atlantic cooperation," she said.

Referring to mass protests against the Belarusian strongman, President Alexander Lukashenko, Kaljulaid said that "Belarusians should be able to determine their own future" under democratic principles.