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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson held a video conference meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Faruk Kaymakçı. They discussed tightening of bilateral relations, the activities of Turkey in the region and Turkey’s relations with the European Union and Russia.

Mihkelson believes that the bilateral relations between Estonia and Turkey are serious, productive and effective. “Estonia and Turkey are good friends and allies in NATO,” Mihkelson emphasised. He thanked Turkey for their long and significant contribution to NATO’s collective defence and for participation in Baltic air policing.

Besides the excellent bilateral relations, the relations between Turkey and the European Union were also spoken about. 

Mihkelson thinks that Estonia and Turkey enjoy excellent partnership relations, and will in the future hopefully also be allies in the European Union. “Estonia supports Turkey’s becoming a member of the European Union. We can see that this path has been rough for several reasons, but we hope that in the course of time, these obstacles will be overcome through diplomatic negotiations,” Mihkelson said. He added that Estonia was a state based on the rule of law and supported the world order based on international law, and shared the same values with its friends and allies, which was also a prerequisite for Turkey’s accession to the European Union.

The relations between Turkey and Russia were also discussed at the meeting. The changes in international relations with the United States during the term of office of the new President were touched upon as well. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey gave an overview of Turkey’s activities and influence in Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh and Libya. 

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