Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to Estonia

(Dimitris Papamitsos / Greek Prime Minister's Office)

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis completed his first visit to Estonia today, marking 100 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.

During the meetings of the Prime Minister with the President of Estonia Alar Karis, his Estonian counterpart Kaja Kallas and the Speaker of the Parliament Jüri Ratas, the very good level of bilateral relations was confirmed.

It was also agreed that there is potential for further deepening the bilateral relations, particularly, as discussed in the meeting of Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Kaja Kallas, in the areas of economic and investment cooperation, digital transformation – in which there is already cooperation between the two countries – and cyber security. The digital sector, in which Estonia is a pioneer, also had a central role in all of the Prime Minister’s meetings.

During the meetings, particular emphasis was placed on the issues of energy and the energy crisis, as well as the green transition. The Prime Minister pointed out the need for common European solutions against the energy crisis and the excessive volatility of prices generated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He also stressed that the assistance of the EU and the member states towards Ukraine must continue, until the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country are restored. He also emphasized how crucial it is to have a steady front against revisionism and in favor of commitment to International Law, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of all countries, which are non-negotiable.

The Prime Minister briefed his interlocutors on the latest developments as regards the aggressive behavior and rhetoric of the Turkish leadership in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, which undermines stability and security in the region, and reiterated that Greece is in favor of understanding and dialogue, but will not accept the questioning of Greek sovereignty.

Moreover, the need for a coordinated response to the migration challenges on the external borders of the EU was discussed, and in particular the threat of instrumentalisation of migration flows.