The President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor discussed international security, cooperation with NATO and mutual relations between the two neighbouring countries at his meetings with the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and the Speaker of the Finnish parliament Eero Heinäluoma.
“Estonia fully supports the partnership and practical cooperation between Finland and NATO, as well as with Sweden and NATO. We would of course be happy if this partnership would culminate with Finland joining NATO,” Nestor said. “This would certainly give an important added value to the security of the region and the whole Alliance, as well as simplify defence cooperation between the countries. But this is a decision to be made by the Finnish people and Estonia will respect Finland’s decisions.”
Developments in Ukraine and Russia were discussed at both meetings. “Russia did not act in an unprecedented way; it has been gradually distancing itself from democratic values and principles for years,” Nestor said. ”Simultaneously with the increased international pressures, civic movements and NGOs are being marginalised in Russia. This cannot be overlooked.”
According to the President of the Riigikogu, Western democracies should be supportive and yet demanding when helping Ukraine to build up a democratic state and a corruption free society.
Nestor also discussed parliamentary cooperation between the two neighbouring countries and their internal political situation with Speaker Heinäluoma.
Nestor met the Defence Committee of the Finnish parliament, as well as trade union representatives. The President of the Riigikogu was accompanied by MPs Kadri Simson and Mart Meri.
Photos of the meeting can be viewed at: http://fotoalbum.riigikogu.ee/v/2014/Riigikogu+esimees+Eiki+Nestor/Soome+visiit/
The Riigikogu Press Service
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