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At the meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, who is on a visit to Estonia, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar said that Estonia would do its best to support Ukraine.

“Estonia is and will be a supporter of Ukraine. We will do our best to support Ukraine because we are together in this fight – the fight for freedom, democracy and a free world,” Hussar said. The President of the Riigikogu assured the Prime Minister of Ukraine that Estonia was ready to make its best efforts to help Ukraine and to do its utmost so that Ukraine could win the war.

Hussar acknowledged Ukraine for the progress it had made on its path to the European Union. “We very much hope that you can start with the accession negotiations as soon as during the Belgian Presidency,” he said, and added that Estonia was ready to share its experience and knowledge with Ukraine in every way.

Using of Russia’s frozen assets was also discussed at the meeting. Hussar pointed out that the Riigikogu was deliberating a Bill that would allow that. Both Hussar and the Ukrainian Prime Minister agreed that when the first step in that direction had been taken, there was hope that other countries would also eventually follow. The Prime Minister of Ukraine said that Russia has caused damage amounting to at least 486 billion dollars.

The situation on the front, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace process, sanctions against Russia, military assistance to Ukraine, accession to NATO and the children stolen from Ukraine were also spoken about. At least 20,000 children have been taken from Ukraine to Russia and Belarus, and it is very difficult to find them and bring them back home. Shmyhal thanked Estonia for all its support and help.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the National Defence Committee Kalev Stoicescu, Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee Liisa Pakosta, Chairman of the Estonia-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group Eerik-Niiles Kross and Deputy Chairmen of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Urmas Reinsalu and Tanel Kiik also participated in the meeting.

Before the meeting, Shmyhal signed the Riigikogu guest book and posed for an official photo with the members of the Riigikogu.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine will also meet with President of the Republic Alar Karis and Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. He will visit the Memorial to the Victims of Communism at Maarjamäe and give a speech at Tallinn University of Technology

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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