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Kaljurand in Croatia: We must deal with security threats from both the east and south


Yesterday, on March 21, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand met in Zagreb with Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovač.

The main topics of the meeting were relations between Estonia and Croatia, Russia, NATO and the issue of migration.

“Croatia is Estonia's good partner in NATO and the European Union. We acknowledge Croatia's efforts to join Schengen,” Kaljurand said.

The Croatian Foreign Minister said that the two countries have much in common. “We are old peoples, yet young countries, who have had to struggle for their independence,” he noted.

The Foreign Ministers reiterated their firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and stressed that the European Union's policy towards Russia can change only after compliance with the Minsk agreements. They also confirmed their support regarding the non-recognition policy of Crimea.

The ministers also discussed the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw. “We have to deal with simultaneous security threats from both the east and the south,” Kaljurand said.

Estonia commended Croatia’s actions regarding the migration crisis and it was jointly confirmed that the immigration crisis must find a common solution that is both broad-based and deals with the root causes of migration, the European Union's external borders, and also the fight against terrorism and human trafficking.

Estonia and Croatia also consider cooperation in the field of cybersecurity to be of great importance. Minister Kaljurand welcomed the idea of Croatia becoming a member of the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and invited her Croatian colleague to visit Estonia.

On March 21 to 23, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand will accompany President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on an official visit to Croatia.



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