After their visit to Ukraine and high-level meetings in Kiev, the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) believes that the NATO Vilnius Summit must send a clear message to Ukraine about NATO membership.
“Estonia will support Ukraine for as long as necessary, because the war is not over and Ukraine must win. Counter-offensive is a very difficult task, but Russia’s lines of resistance will eventually be broken,” Chairman of the National Defence Committee Kalev Stoicescu said.
The representatives of the National Defence Committee were in Ukraine from Wednesday till Friday. In Kiev, they met with Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, Deputy Minister of Defence Volodymyr Havrylov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yevhen Perebyinis as well as the Committee on National Security, Defence and Intelligence of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament). During the meetings, the members of the Riigikogu were given a detailed overview of Ukraine’s counter-offensive and the state of national defence. According to Stoicescu, the Ukrainians are moving forward slowly but steadily, fighting fiercely for the liberation of every metre of Ukrainian territory.
The options for dealing with Russia after Ukraine’s victory were also discussed at the meetings, as well as bringing of Russia’s war criminals to justice and the payment of reparations to Ukraine.
On the Constitution Day of Ukraine, the members of the National Defence Committee had meetings with First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Korniyenko and Chairman of the Ukraine-Estonia Parliamentary Friendship Group Arsenii Pushkarenko. The discussions focused on achieving Ukraine’s membership in the European Union and NATO as soon as possible. The delegation of the National Defence Committee also visited the city of Ovruch in Zhytomyr Oblast, where they saw the kindergarten built by Estonians and met with the officers of the 115th Territorial Defence Brigade. One battalion of the Brigade was moving to the southern front to liberate Bahmut.
Besides Stoicescu, members of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Meelis Kiili, Ants Laaneots, Priit Sibul and Peeter Tali also participated in the visit.
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