Japan PM beefs up European ties
TALLINN: the Baltic states and other European nations as he seeks to drum up support for his hawkish stance on North Korea.
Despite a recent cooling of tensions on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.
In the Estonian capital Tallinn, Abe met with President Kersti Kaljulaid discussed bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity, a topic that digital-savvy Estonia has championed since being - tacks a decade ago.
Abe will then visit fellow Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania, before continuing on to Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. He is the first sitting Japanese leader to visit these countries.
Abe told reporters that he and Ratas had “agreed that we would not accept nuclear armament of North Korea, pressure on North Korea.”
The leaders also said their countries would start working together on cyberdefense and a Japanese spokesperson later said Tokyo would coop Estonia on cybersecurity.
“Estonia and Japan are separated by thousands of kilometers, but tightly connected by a digital umbilical cord,” Ratas said, adding that “Japan will soon become a contributing Cooperative Cyber Defense Center - linn.”