This weekend the Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Hannes Hanso participated in the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union in Luxembourg.
The Conference focused on the Neighbourhood Policy of the EU, migration issues and the issued connected with climate change. Yesterday, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini made a speech on the common foreign, security and defence policy in Luxembourg, and replied to the questions of the MPs.
“The attention of the European politicians is understandably focused on the issue of migration that has acquired the dimensions of a crisis, but the situation in Ukraine has also stayed on their radars,” Mihkelson said.
In his speech Mihkelson thanked the European partners for the solidarity the have shown during recent months regarding the kidnapping of Eston Kohver. “It is the best example of European solidarity, which is a precondition for dealing with such great security challenges like revisionism in Russia, the spreading of Islamic extremism in the Middle East and the refugee crisis that is to a large extent caused by it,” Mihkelson said.
In Hanso’s opinion, it is very important for Estonia that Russia’s aggression in East Ukraine and Crimea, and breaking of the territorial integrity of Georgia would not be forgotten on the background of other urgent problems faced by Europe. “Preserving the unity of the Member States of the European Union in these issues is of key importance,” Hanso said.
Hanso noted that it is understandable that the attention of Europe is at the moment focused on the refugee issues. “No country can solve these problems by itself, without the cooperation and joint efforts of the Member States of the EU,” Hanso said.
Next week the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu and the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu will make a joint visit to Jordan in order to learn about the situation of the refugees on the spot.