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At their meeting today, President of the Riigikogu Lauri Hussar and President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Markéta Pekarová Adamová underlined the importance of supporting Ukraine and the need to use for that also Russia’s frozen assets.

Both Speakers stated that the cooperation between Estonia and Czechia was excellent, we could rely on one another and we had very similar history and values. They acknowledged at the meeting that Europe was facing many challenges, especially relating to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

“Ukraine needs our support, both in the form of words and in the form of ammunition,” Hussar emphasised. The Estonian and Czech Speakers stressed the need to continue supporting Ukraine and to give Ukrainians what they need to win the war. They also found that it was necessary to support Ukraine on the road to joining the European Union and NATO. They also highlighted the importance of keeping unity in Europe.

The using of Russia’s frozen assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine was also discussed. “Russia must pay for the damage it has caused by aggression. If they do not do it themselves, we will have to force them to do it,” Hussar said, and added that on Wednesday, the Riigikogu had passed an Act on Russia’s frozen assets.

The situation in the Middle East, the EU’s enlargement policy in general, the elections of the European Parliament and cyber and energy security were also spoken about at the meeting. Both Speakers expressed satisfaction that as an excellent example of the economic cooperation between Estonia and Czechia, the new electric trains for Estonia had been ordered from the Czech Republic.

Chairman of the Estonia-Czech Republic Parliamentary Friendship Group Aivar Sõerd and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson also participated in the meeting, and Ambassador of Estonia to Czechia Gita Kalmet and Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Estonia David Král.

Tomorrow, the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic will have a meeting with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and speak at the Lennart Meri Conference.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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