Reinsalu discussed security and PACE with the new Foreign Minister of Denmark

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu spoke on the phone to the Foreign Minister of Denmark Jeppe Kofod to congratulate his colleague on his new position on 5th of July. The foreign ministers discussed security, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and energy security. 

According to Reinsalu, Denmark is an important ally for Estonia both in the European Union as well as NATO. “In terms of defence cooperation, Denmark’s long-time commitment to increasing safety in the Baltic Sea region has been highly appreciated, demonstrated by the joint effort of Denmark, Estonia and Latvia to establish the base of NATO’s Multinational Division North in Latvia. We are also grateful for their contribution to the allied presence in the Baltic air policing mission until the end of this year, and we welcome Danish soldiers in Estonia as early as next year,” the Foreign Minister said.

The Estonian Foreign Minister also expressed concern to his Danish counterpart on the return of Russia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. “The return of the Russian delegation to PACE without meeting the conditions set out in the Assembly’s resolutions sends the wrong signal at a time when Russia continues to violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and Georgia, including the illegal annexation of Crimea,” Reinsalu said.

The phone call also touched upon energy security, especially the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline. Minister Reinsalu talked about the regional, security and energy security effect it will have on the region’s stability, and its possible negative consequences if it materialises.