President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Jüri Ratas said today in the Riigikogu at the meeting with the delegation of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) and representatives of Zhytomyr Oblast that Estonia’s support for Ukraine was unwavering.
“We have only one wish, and that is victory for Ukraine. We know that you are fighting not only for your independence, but also the freedom of your neighbours and the whole world,” Ratas underlined, and added that the best example of that was the sitting held in the Riigikogu’s hall at the moment. “The meaning of that sitting is that Estonia is ratifying Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO, and we know that if there had not been that 24 February, which is very complicated and hard for you, NATO’s defence shield would not have changed so rapidly for us.”
The President of the Riigikogu also confirmed that Estonia wished to contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine and had chosen Zhytomyr Oblast as the focus of its aid. “Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs is ready to organise an international reform conference on reconstruction of Ukraine, and I really hope that more and more countries will join it,” Ratas said, and promised to contribute to it himself as much as possible.
Ratas also reaffirmed Estonia’s willingness to support in every way possible the investigation of the war crimes committed in Ukraine and help the Ukrainian people who had fled to Estonia to escape the war. “We want to do all we can for those who have fled the war here, although it involves quite a lot of challenges, particularly in terms of work and education. Nevertheless, I hope that these people will soon be able to return to their homes,” he said.
A five-member delegation from the Parliament of Ukraine, headed by Chairman of the Committee on Matters of Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Oleksandr Merezhko, visits Estonia this week. They are accompanied by 11 people from different walks of life from Zhytomyr Oblast, including representatives of the Oblast Council.
Photos of the meeting (Erik Peinar, Chancellery of the Riigikogu)