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The Foreign Affairs Committee and the National Defence Committee held an extraordinary join sitting today to discuss the situation in Ukraine, and to protest against the Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait in the strongest terms. The members of the Riigikogu are initiating a relevant Draft Statement, and propose proceeding it at the plenary session this week.

The purpose of the Statement is to express Estonia’s support to Ukraine’s inalienable right to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson said that the aggression at the Kerch Strait in Ukraine was Russia’s way of testing the unity and rapidity of response of the Western nations. “Russia extended the military aggression against Ukraine to the sea this time,” Mihkelson said. “The Ukrainian ships followed all the international agreements and navigation rules. The difference came from Russia acting openly and carrying out the aggression under its own flag.”

“Ukraine has also turned to its allies and partners and has implored them to adopt all the necessary measures to stop the aggressor. These include applying new sanctions or strengthening the existing ones, but also providing additional military technical support to Ukraine,” Mihkelson said.

The Committees heard the summary on the situation in Ukraine from representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. The Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Gert Antsu took part in the sitting via video bridge.

The Committees agreed that Russia was completely responsible for the further aggravation of the situation in the Azov and Black Sea region. The Committees found that Russia’s activities stand in the way of finding a peaceful resolution to the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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