2020.10.19 10:20

Canada and Baltic states to hold yearly meetings, coordinate Belarus support

BNS2020.10.19 10:20

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Canada have agreed to hold annual meetings to build stronger ties.

"You will see more and more of Canada in the Baltics," Canadian Foreign Minister Francois Philippe Champagne told reporters in the Lithuanian capital.

In the statement, they also expressed support for Belarusian civil society and the Coordinating Council led by Tikhanovskaya.

The ministers also agreed to coordinate support for the civil society in Belarus.

Champagne and his Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian counterparts met with Belarus' former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who is currently in Vilnius.

Canada has historically had large diasporas from Eastern Europe. The country also leads a multinational NATO battalion deployed in Latvia.