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Bush Meets with Estonian PM Kallas - 2002-09-04

President Bush met at the White House Wednesday with the Prime Minister of Estonia. The men discussed expanding the NATO alliance.

Estonian Prime Minister Siim Kallas says he and President Bush discussed Estonia's applications to join both the NATO military alliance and the European Union.

"You know that Estonia is living in very intense times," he said. "We are approaching NATO membership. We are concluding negotiations with the European Union."

Estonia's candidacy to join the NATO alliance will be considered at a November summit in the Czech Republic. Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski lobbied the Bush administration to include the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania during his state visit to Washington in July.

Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940 then regained its independence in 1991.