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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson and the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Latvia and Lithuania are on a visit in Ukraine, where they will meet with their colleagues in the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine), and go to East Ukraine on Friday.

Mihkelson said that the purpose of the visit was to get information about the situation in Ukraine and to express support to the country that is facing Russia’s aggression. “This visit is a clear sign of our support to Ukraine,” Mihkelson explained. “We condemn Russia’s military and political pressure and information operations in Ukraine, as well as their support to the separatist forces in East Ukraine.”

Mihkelson pointed out that the Western countries were continuously observing Russia’s military activities and movements near the border of Ukraine in spite of the fact that the Minister of Defence of Russia had announced on 22 April that the troops would be withdrawn. “We cannot make any final conclusions about de-escalation before the Russian units that were sent to the region during recent weeks have actually returned to their home bases,” Mihkelson underlined.

Mihkelson added that Russia has occupied and illegally annexed Crimea, and this could not be watched passively. “We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, keep the conflict in East Ukraine in the focus of international politics and try to help find a diplomatic solution,” he said.  

Today, the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Baltic Parliaments are in Kiev. They will meet with the leaders of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Defence Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, the First Deputy the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.  

On Friday, the Chairs of the Baltic Foreign Affairs Committees will visit the contact line in East Ukraine. The Ukrainian Border Guard will give the delegation an account of the current developments on the contact line.

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