President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas and Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov discussed the tense security situation in East Ukraine at their meeting today. Põlluaas assured his Ukrainian colleague of Estonia’s continuing support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and reform processes.
“The relations between Estonia and Ukraine are excellent, and we cooperate closely at different levels. I hope that these relations will become even stronger in the future,” Põlluaas said. “We support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea.”
Põlluaas emphasised that Estonia continued to keep the events in Ukraine in the focus of international organisations. “Nobody should forget that there is a war going on in the middle of Europe. Both the OSCE and the Council of Europe have to observe the agreed-upon principles instead of inventing new diluted agreements,” Põlluaas underlined.
The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada thanked Estonia for its comprehensive assistance, from support in international organisations to direct aid given by Estonia. Razumkov pointed out that 182 Ukrainian soldiers had received medical rehabilitation in Estonia. He added that Estonia was of great help and an example to Ukraine also in conducting of reforms and developing of e-governance services.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa and Chairman of the Estonia-Ukraine Parliamentary Group Johannes Kert also attended the meeting. Later the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the delegation accompanying him met with the members of the Estonia-Ukraine Parliamentary Group.
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