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At the meeting with the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor stressed Estonia's continuous commitment to supporting Ukraine and to cooperation in moving towards the European Union.

“Estonia believes that the European Union is the main bearer and guarantee of stability in Europe. We support the continuation of the enlargement of the European Union by the accession of democratic countries that share the same values,” Nestor said. “Supporting Ukraine is in the best interests of the security of Europe.”

The President of the Riigikogu stressed at both meetings that Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine has no reason or justification, and Moscow should start observing Minsk agreements without delay.

“There cannot be any reviewing of sanctions imposed by the West until Minsk agreements are not observed. Any kind of escalation by Russia will have to bring along new and even more effective sanctions,” Nestor said. “Complete discontinuation of sanctions can be spoken of only after the occupation of Crimea has ended.”

Nestor met with the Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine, or Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Groisman yesterday, and the meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin took place today morning. Besides security issues, the cooperation between the Riigikogu and the Verkhovna Rada was also discussed at the meeting with Groisman. The meeting with Klimkin focused on the security situation in Ukraine and in the rest of Europe.

Today the President of the Riigikogu will also present a report at Kiev Security Forum, and in the evening he will meet with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Riigikogu Press Service
Urmas Seaver
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