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At their meeting today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar and President of Finland Alexander Stubb discussed the wider impacts of Russia’s war against Ukraine and underlined the importance of close cooperation and exchange of information in ensuring security, both between their countries and in relations with other allies and partners.

Hussar said that Estonia and Finland had a completely unique relationship that needs to be kept and developed. “Finland has been a member of NATO for more than a year and the Baltic Sea has become NATO’s internal sea. This gives us a new perspective and an opportunity to take our defence cooperation to a new level,” he said, and added that there also was room for development of relations in several other areas.

During their meeting, Hussar and Stubb discussed Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and its impact on the global security situation, continued support for Ukraine both on the battlefield and in the reconstruction of the country, as well as holding Russia accountable for crimes and damage in Ukraine.

Speaking of Russia’s responsibility, Hussar mentioned the Act passed by the Riigikogu on the middle of May that allowed to use the assets of persons in Russia, which had been frozen under international sanctions, to be used to compensate the war damages caused to Ukraine. “It is good that more and more countries are creating similar regulations that enable to use not only the profits from Russia’s frozen assets but also the assets themselves to help Ukraine,” he said.

Development of defence industries, increasing of energy security and joint response to Russia’s hybrid attacks were also discussed at the meeting. “Operational exchange of information and cooperation with all allies and partners are particularly important in these issues,” Hussar said, and pointed out that it was also important to learn from Ukraine’s experience.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson, as well as Chair Anti Poolamets and Deputy Chair Kadri Tali of the Estonia-Finland Parliamentary Friendship Group also participated in the meeting of Hussar and Stubb.

Stubb is on a state visit to Estonia at the invitation of President of Estonia Alar Karis. The visit will last until Wednesday. Besides Tallinn, Stubb will also visit Tartu. The visit focuses on the relations between Estonia and Finland, security and defence cooperation, security of the Baltic Sea region, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and supporting Ukraine.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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