At the meeting of President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor and President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, the mutual good-neighbourly relations of the two countries were spoken about. The discussion also focused on tackling the migrant crisis, and on the international security situation.
The reform of the Common European Asylum System was discussed as the most important point of migration issues. Both Finland and Estonia support the preserving of the Dublin Regulation. Nestor emphasised the importance of control on the external borders of the European Union and the need to keep the Schengen visa space.
“In the relocation of refugees, it is important to adhere to the principle of voluntariness, it should not be forced,” Nestor said. “We are ready to act in common interests and to help each other.”
The developments in Ukraine and Russia were also spoken about at the meeting. Nestor mentioned Russia’s ongoing aggression in East Ukraine and provocations on the Baltic Sea. He emphasised the need to continue the common EU approach towards Russia and not to give up sanctions imposed against Russia.
Both sides acknowledged the Nordic and Baltic cooperation in supporting Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in their aspirations on their way to the European values.
The Head of State of Finland awarded Eiki Nestor the Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.
The meeting was also attended by members of the Riigikogu Kalle Palling, Marko Mihkelson, Sven Mikser and Kadri Simson.
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