Mikser to US' Paul Ryan: Messages sent by allies must be consistent, clear

Sven Mikser and his Baltic colleagues met with U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan in Washington. March 28, 2017. Source: (Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr)

At Tuesday's meeting between Baltic foreign ministers and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, the ministers thanked the U.S. for its contributions to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania's security.

"In the current situation, the presence of allies, including the U.S., in our region is extremely important to us," Mikser stressed. The three Baltic foreign ministers thanked the U.S. for its long-term contributions to the security of the Baltic states. Ryan affirmed that the U.S. continues to support the current supportive policy toward NATO.

The importance of transatlantic solidarity was also emphasized at the meeting. "In a situation where hostile propaganda is used to undermine Western democracies, we must cooperate more and strengthen our capability to oppose propaganda," Mikser said. "It is especially important that messages sent by allies are consistent and clear."

The three Baltic ministers also met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Bob Corker and Ranking Member Ben Cardin, with whom they discussed security affairs, emphasized the need to strengthen democratic institutions as well as support a common stance in the fight against propaganda.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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