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At the meeting with the delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Switzerland today, the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) discussed the wider impacts of the war of aggression started by Russia against Ukraine and underlined the need to increase assistance to Ukraine.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson pointed out that Russia was at war not only with Ukraine, but with the whole Western world. “We are in a major war, and we must do more than ever to help Ukraine bring about Russia’s strategic defeat. If this fails, there will be catastrophic consequences for the whole of Europe,” he said.

Mihkelson noted that in order to achieve a lasting peace in Europe, Ukraine must win the war. “Ukraine is ready to fight for us. But in order do that, they need more weapons, more ammunition, all kinds of assistance. Support tor Ukraine, in terms of military aid, but also in terms of sanctions, is currently not at the level it should be,” he stated.

The members of both committees also spoke about the issues relating to China, the unity of the allies in the European Union and NATO, as well as the possibilities to intensify the cooperation between Estonia and Switzerland. Besides Mihkelson, members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Anti Poolamets and Eerik-Niiles Kross also attended the meeting.

President of the Riigikogu Lauri Hussar also met with the delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Swiss Parliament. He highlighted the excellent relations and long-time cooperation between Estonia and Switzerland, and thanked Switzerland for their help and support to Estonia at the beginning of the 1990s. “We were good pupils, we learned fast, we developed fast and built our country into a Western democracy,” he said.

Hussar thinks that Estonia and Switzerland have much in common, from values to similar understanding of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. He underlined the need to hold to account all those responsible for the crimes committed in Ukraine, including the crime of aggression, and added that Russia must compensate the damage caused by its actions. “The Riigikogu will soon start discussing the proposal to use the assets of sanctioned persons frozen in Estonia for the reconstruction of Ukraine,” he said.

The visit of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Swiss Parliament is a part of their visit to the Baltic states. In Tallinn, they will also visit the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and the Information System Authority.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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