Mikser, Johnson discuss Brexit, presence of allies ({{commentsTotal}})

Boris Johnson and Sven Mikser, Brussels, Mar. 31, 2017.
Boris Johnson and Sven Mikser, Brussels, Mar. 31, 2017. Source: (Välisministeerium)

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser (SDE) and the United Kingdom’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, discussed Britain’s exit from the European Union and the increased presence of allies in Estonia at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday.

Mikser emphasized that Estonia respects the decision of British citizens to leave the EU and the British government's steps in carrying out the decision. "It is in the interests of both the EU and the UK to reach the best possible result in two years. Estonia supports continuing strong and close cooperation," the Estonian minister said.

"We assume that substantive exit negotiations will start in June, before the Estonian presidency of the EU Council. Estonia aims to keep the 27 member states aligned and to reach an agreement on preserving the rights of citizens living and working in the UK as soon as possible and according to the reciprocity principle," Mikser said.

The ministers also affirmed they have a common understanding of the security situation. "We are very thankful for the UK's assistance in ensuring the security of the region. Contributing to increased presence of NATO allies will both strengthen our long-term and close defense cooperation as well as help defend regional stability," the Estonian minister said.

Mikser offered his condolences to Johnson on the recent terrorist attack in London and affirmed that Estonia will support Britain and other allies in the fight against terrorism.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.