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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar, who is on a visit to Poland, today discussed further support to Ukraine with the leaders of the Parliament of Poland and underlined the importance of holding Russia to account.

Hussar said at the meetings with Marshal of the Sejm Szymon Hołownia and Marshal of the Senate Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska that Estonia considered Poland its very close ally. “Our common aim is to continue helping Ukraine in the fight against Russia that is waging a war of aggression. We have to do everything to help Ukraine win the war,” he noted, and pointed out that Estonia had committed itself to providing Ukraine with military aid amounting to at least 0.25 per cent of GDP in the coming years.

Hussar also underlined that Russia must be held accountable for the crimes and destruction it has committed in Ukraine. “The perpetrators of the crime of aggression must be brought before an international special tribunal, and Russia’s frozen assets must be used to compensate the war damages in Ukraine,” he said, welcoming the fact that, like Estonia, Poland is also developing a plan to use Russia’s frozen assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

During the meetings, the leaders of parliaments also discussed the security situation in the region, the importance of increasing defence spending, and both bilateral cooperation and cooperation within NATO. Hussar recalled that March would mark the 25th anniversary of Poland’s and the 20th anniversary of Estonia’s accession to NATO, and the Baltic Sea had now become NATO’s internal sea. “Sweden’s accession to NATO strengthens the security of the whole region and provides new opportunities for cooperation. NATO is and will be the cornerstone of our security,” he said.

Hussar also visited the memorial to the victims of communism in Warsaw and laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the 1949 March deportation. 75 years ago today, the Soviet occupation powers deported more than 20,000 people from Estonia to Siberia.

The President of the Riigikogu was accompanied on the visit 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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