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Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) discussed Russia’s war of aggression and its impact on the global security situation at the meeting with the delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland) today, and pointed out that to stop Russia, the allies must do more than they had done so far in supporting Ukraine.

In the opinion of Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, the allies have not done enough to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia, which is continuing its war of aggression. He said that when the members of his committee visited Ukraine at the end of March, they had seen that although there was a shortage of ammunition and weapons on the front, the Ukrainians’ will to defend remained high. “The Ukrainians will fight to the end because they understand what will happen to their children and families if they don’t,” he stated.

The deputies recalled the words of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy that if the United States stopped supporting Ukraine, Ukraine would lose the war. “As allies, we have not done everything possible to support Ukraine. We need to do much more,” Mihkelson underlined, and added that if Russia was not stopped in Ukraine, they would continue to destroy the European security architecture.

“At the moment, we have a unique opportunity to show Russia where its borders are by contributing to helping Ukraine win the war, getting the Ukrainian flag fly again in Crimea and Sevastopol, and integrating Ukraine into both NATO and the European Union,” Mihkelson said.

At today’s meeting, members of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Estonian and Finnish parliaments also spoke about potential future developments in Russia and Belarus, the situation in the Middle East and China’s strategic aims. Finland’s accession to NATO and its presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2025 were also discussed.

Besides Chairman Mihkelson, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas and members of the Committee Maria Jufereva-Skuratovski, Ester Karuse, Eerik-Niiles Kross and Luisa Rõivas also participated in the meeting.

The Foreign Affairs Committees of the Riigikogu and the Eduskunta have cooperated regularly for many years and held annual working meetings. The next meeting of the committees will take place in Helsinki, Finland.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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