Estonian-Finnish cooperation is more important this winter than before

TALLINN – Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said during her meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Tuesday in Tallinn that cooperation between the two countries in ensuring energy security will be even more important next winter than in the past.

“Never before has our common security been more important than today, when Russia is trying to annex the territory of Ukraine and is threatening the whole world,” Kallas said, adding that we must do everything to make this war end, for Russia to do it return to its limits and the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

“We have already done a lot, but we still have to do more and go all the way – until a Ukraine-defined victory. Ukraine’s success on the battlefield shows that we are on the right track and we need to strengthen our military, economic and moral support to Ukraine,” the Prime Minister said.

Kallas said the horrors seen in areas liberated from Ukraine, such as the city of Izyum, reveal the face of the Russian occupation, its crimes and horrors.

She also lauded Finland for its recent decision to close its borders to Russian citizens traveling for tourism.

“Cooperation between Estonia and Finland in ensuring energy security will be even more important in the coming winter than before. We will work together to ensure we have enough power, certainty and secure connections,” the Prime Minister said after the meeting.

“The joint floating LNG terminal of Estonia and Finland is an important milestone in ensuring security of supply, and we will also work together to achieve the offshore wind energy targets agreed between the Baltic countries in August. I’m glad we’re on the same page with Finland, that saving energy and wise consumption will help us through the winter, bring us closer to climate targets and we’re taking similar measures to reduce consumption,” she said.

According to the prime minister, the recent Nord Stream explosions also show how important regional cooperation is for both energy security and security in general.

“The NATO accession of Finland and Sweden will significantly increase the security and defense capabilities of the Baltic Sea region and the Alliance as a whole. Soon we will be sitting around a table as allies. Finland has been an important pillar for us in building our defense.” Capabilities after regaining independence. Now Estonia is ready to share its experience to ensure that Finland and Sweden will be integrated into NATO as soon as possible,” added Kallas.