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The National Defence Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) expect the upcoming NATO Summit, which will be held in Vilnius next week, to give Ukraine a clear perspective of NATO membership.

According to Chairman of the National Defence Committee Kalev Stoicescu, it is now crucial to closely associate Ukraine with the Euro-Atlantic institutions, as the restoration of peace in the whole Europe depends on it. “Russia is an aggressor state and it is necessary to stand against them decisively. At the Summit, the Alliance must underline the continued threat from Russia and the need to bring to justice all those responsible for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. We also expect the Vilnius Summit to make decisions to further strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defence posture and to increase defence investment,” he said.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson thinks that the main objective of the Summit is to achieve strong support for Ukraine, including reaching an agreement on giving Ukraine a clear perspective of joining NATO. “The Riigikogu has given its message in the Statement made in mid-May: we expect the NATO Summit to issue an invitation to Ukraine to join the Alliance and to formulate concrete actions that would enable the country to integrate quickly into NATO,” he added.

The National Defence Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu discussed preparations for the NATO Summit, which will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, at the joint off-site sitting at the Government Office. Prime Minister Kaja Kallas gave the Committees an overview of Estonia’s positions.

Riigikogu Press Service
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