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Head of the Estonian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Mati Raidma participates in the Spring Session of the NATO PA, which is held in Luxembourg until Monday. The main topics discussed at the Assembly are supporting Ukraine and preparations for the NATO Summit in Vilnius.

Raidma said that the plenary of the PA, which meets twice a year, planned to reaffirm their strong and continuing support for Ukraine at its Spring Session. “Together with the Allies, we must increase the provision of the necessary military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, as well as support Ukraine in its post-war reconstruction, but also on its path to the European Union and NATO,” he added, and called attention to the Statement recently adopted by the Riigikogu, according to which the Vilnius Summit should formulate the steps necessary for Ukraine’s rapid integration into NATO and grant Ukraine an invitation to join the Alliance. “At the international level, work must also continue on extending sanctions against Russia and setting up a special tribunal to investigate the crime of aggression.”

Before the Plenary Sitting of the NATO PA on Monday, discussions will be held in the committees of the Assembly from Friday to Sunday. Raidma is a member of the Defence and Security Committee, which will address the security of the Baltic Sea, Ukraine’s fight for freedom and the response of the Allies to Russia’s war in Ukraine. On Friday, Raidma will also participate in the work of the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council of the Assembly.

NATO PA Plenary Sitting will be held on Monday. Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to NATO PA Yehor Cherniev and Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov will address the Plenary Sitting of the Spring Session.

The discussions at the Plenary Sitting will focus on two topics: first, how to speed up NATO’s adjustment at the Vilnius Summit and then, full and decisive support for Ukraine. The NATO PA plans to adopt a declaration on both issues. Head of the Finnish Delegation to NATO PA Jarmo Lindberg and Head of the Swedish Delegation Hans Wallmark will also speak at the Plenary Sitting.

Riigikogu Press Service
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