Kaljurand affirms Estonia's support to Ukraine

Kaljurand affirms Estonia's support to Ukraine

Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand at a meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin affirmed Estonia's support to Ukraine.

 

"Estonia will continue not recognising the unlawful annexation of Crimea by itself as well as a member of the European Union," Kaljurand said, adding that the annexation of Crimea and the current situation in eastern Ukraine cannot be tolerated.

 

"At the present moment the most important thing is to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine and guarantee the access of Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers to the whole territory," she said. Kaljurand added that the situation in eastern Ukraine is more than worrying.

 

According to Kaljurand, the relations between Estonia and Ukraine are very good and co-operation close. Especially important is that Ukraine moves forward with its reforms. "Estonia supports Ukraine with carrying out reforms on the political level as well as in development co-operation, and we will continue doing so also in the future," Kaljurand said. This year Estonia has allocated 2.2 million euros to help Ukraine in the framework of development co-operation and humanitarian aid.

 

The Ukrainian foreign minister thanked Estonia for its support in the direction of European integration.

 

The foreign ministers also discussed NATO-Ukraine co-operation in the framework of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC), which has been intense on political as well as practical levels. When speaking about security co-operation between Estonia and Ukraine, Kaljurand pointed to Estonia's contribution to increasing Ukrainian cyber defense capability as well as sharing experience for managing voluntary national defense and taking part in joint exercises.

 

Kaljurand also confirmed that the European Union is planning to extend sanctions against Russia.

 

Kaljurand expressed her satisfaction with Ukraine’s fulfilment of all the requirements necessary for achieving visa-freedom with the EU. "Now it is time for the European Union to keep the promises it has made," she said, adding that she will bring up the issue at the next Foreign Affairs Council.

 

The Estonian minister also discussed Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko’s return home. "We are extremely glad that Nadiya is back home and feels safe," she stated.

 

 

BNS

 

 

15.06.2016

 

 

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