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At the meetings with the President of Ukraine, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the Prime Minister of Ukraine in Kyiv today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar reaffirmed Estonia’s unwavering support for Ukraine and said that Ukraine’s future was in the European Union and NATO.

Hussar stated that Ukraine was defending the democratic values of the whole of Europe and the West. At the meetings with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, he confirmed Estonia’s continued solidarity and strong support for Ukraine and said that Estonia would stand with Ukraine until victory.

Hussar assured that Estonia, together with other democratic countries, would continue to provide military, political and economic support to Ukraine. He pointed out that over the next four years, Estonia planned to provide Ukraine with military aid amounting to around 0.25% of its GDP, or more than 100 million euros per year. “We are also actively calling on our partners and allies to increase defence assistance to Ukraine,” he said.

Hussar underlined that Russia’s war criminals must be held accountable for the crimes committed in Ukraine, and that those responsible for the crime of aggression must be brought before an international special tribunal. “Russia must answer for its actions and compensate the damages caused to Ukraine. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is not an issue between Russia and Ukraine, nor is it only a European concern, it is a problem for the entire international community,” he said, and added that Estonia would continue proceedings on the Bill allowing the use of Russia’s frozen assets and would support the imposition of new sanctions on Russia until the last Russian soldier had left Ukraine.

Hussar assured at the meetings that Estonia would continue providing strong support to Ukraine on its way to the European Union and NATO. According to him, the EU’s decision to start accession negotiations with Ukraine had been historic. “We will do all we can to ensure that the process moves forward and that there are no delays in the next steps. However, we expect a clear signal from the NATO Summit in Washington that Ukraine’s path to the Alliance is irreversible and firm,” he said.

Hussar was accompanied at the meetings in Kyiv by Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee Henn Põlluaas and Eerik-Niiles Kross.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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