Kucin­skis: it is im­por­tant to form a uni­fied Baltic gas net­work

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Baltic States and Poland should co­op­er­ate more closely in ef­forts to re­solve im­por­tant mat­ters, says Lat­vian Prime Min­is­ter Maris Kucin­skis.

On Mon­day, 8 May, Kucin­skis met in Tallinn with Es­to­nian Prime Min­is­ter Jüri Ratas, Lithua­nian Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis and Pol­ish Prime Min­is­ter Beata Szy­dło. Dur­ing this meet­ing, prime min­is­ters dis­cussed top­ics re­lated to co­op­er­a­tion in se­cu­rity fields, as well as top­ics in trans­port and en­ergy fields, as BNN was in­formed by Kucin­skis’ press-sec­re­tary An­drejs Vaivars. He notes that, when speak­ing of se­cu­rity af­fairs, Kucin­skis em­pha­sized that Latvia, Es­to­nia, Lithua­nia and Poland com­ply with de­ci­sions made at last year’s NATO sum­mit in War­saw. Latvia, ac­cord­ing to him, has demon­strated its readi­ness to con­tinue in­vest­ments in se­cu­rity.

«It is clear that all four coun­tries have sim­i­lar goals in se­cu­rity field and we have to main­tain our es­tab­lished co­op­er­a­tion. Strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion plays a spe­cial role in fight­ing against Rus­sia’s pro­pa­ganda,» Kucin­skis said.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, prime min­is­ters also em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of en­ergy se­cu­rity and coun­tries’ mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in this mat­ter. Kucin­skis em­pha­sized it is im­por­tant to en­sure en­ergy syn­chro­niza­tion be­tween Baltic States and the rest of Europe in the fu­ture. Other par­tic­i­pants of the dis­cus­sion agreed in re­la­tion to the need to se­cure sta­ble sup­plies of en­ergy re­sources and dis­con­nect from Rus­sia’s en­ergy re­source sup­ply sys­tem.

Kucin­skis also said that it is also im­por­tant to se­cure a uni­fied Baltic gas net­work, em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of in­fra­struc­ture projects for the con­struc­tion of a gas pipe­line be­tween Lithua­nia and Poland (Gas In­ter­con­nec­tion Poland-Lithua­nia) and Baltic­connec­tor pro­ject be­tween Es­to­nia and Fin­land.

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