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Today and tomorrow, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar attends the Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments (EUSC) held in Palma, Spain. The Speakers will discuss strengthening of the European Union and supporting of Ukraine in its fight against Russia that is continuing a war of aggression.

Hussar said that it was important to draw the attention of his EU counterparts to the fact that Ukraine’s resolute resistance and the support of its allies had helped to deter the aggressor, but it was not enough. “We can do more and we must do more because Russia’s aims have not changed,” he pointed out, and added that the situation on the front was very difficult and Ukraine urgently needed more weapons and ammunition. “Rapid delivery of military aid to Ukraine is more important than ever before. We must keep in mind that Ukrainian soldiers are fighting on the front not only for the independence of their country, but for the security of the whole Europe.”

Hussar will also speak about the need for further support to Ukraine in his speech at the Conference, where he will underline the importance of using Russia’s frozen assets to compensate the war damages caused to Ukraine. The Speaker of the Riigikogu thinks that it is necessary that the EU countries, both at the national and the Union level, look for additional ways to contribute to reconstruction of Ukraine, and take on a long-term commitment to support Ukraine militarily.

On the opening day of the Conference, the speakers will discuss the strategic autonomy of the EU as regards foreign and defence policy challenges, with a special focus on Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and the conflict in the Middle East. Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Rusan Stefanchuk will deliver a video message to the Conference. On Tuesday, strengthening the European Union, including the new fiscal rules of the EU and the activities of the Economic and Monetary Union, will be discussed.

During the Conference in Palma, Hussar will also have bilateral meetings with his counterparts to discuss further support to Ukraine and wider cooperation. The President of the Riigikogu will have meetings with President of the Bundesrat of Germany Manuela Schwesig, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of France Valérie Rabault and Speaker of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom John McFall, as well as with Vice President of the National Assembly of Serbia Elvira Kovács and Speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia Urška Klakočar Zupančič.

Riigikogu Press Service
Karin Kangro
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