Today, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson will speak at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum which is to focus on the power shifts caused by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, including the increased role of the Baltic states and Poland in the European Union.
Mihkelson will speak at the panel discussion starting at 3 p.m. Other participants will include French Secretary of State for European Affairs Laurence Boone, Chair of the Committee on Ukraine’s Integration into the EU Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze from the parliament of Ukraine, and Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office Anna Lührmann.
Mihkelson has seen the influence of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland grow as a result of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. “In addition to direct aid to Ukraine, we have shaped Europe’s perception of both Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine as well as more broadly about how to protect the security of our region and make it possible to ensure lasting peace in Europe,” he said.
He emphasised that Russia constituted an existential threat for the whole Europe, which was only set to increase in the near future. “The only way to avoid catastrophic consequences for the security of the whole Europe is to help Ukraine to victory and to lead Russia to a strategic defeat,” Mihkelson said, adding that we needed to continue supporting Ukraine to that end. “We need to work constantly to increase sanctions and raise the price of aggression for Russia with other restrictive measures. It is also important to support Ukraine on the way to the EU and NATO membership, but what Ukraine needs the most right now are weapons, ammunition, and any kind of assistance that would help them to gain a victory on the battlefield,” he said.
The day-long Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, where representatives of governments and experts of foreign policy discuss international situation and changes taking place in German foreign and economic policy, can be followed online throughout the day. The Forum is organised by the Körber Foundation together with the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.