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Speaking at the Conference of the Speakers of the European Union Parliaments in Rome, the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor said that Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine must be given full support on their way to democratic Europe, and consistent policy should be pursued in regard to Russia.

According to Nestor, the reasons for Russia’s military intervention in Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014 were mainly caused by Moscow’s fear of democracy. “The reason for Russia’s military activities was the wish of the Georgian and Ukrainian people to develop democracy and to integrate politically and economically more closely with the European Union,” he said.

“The European Union has no right to distance itself from its partners in Eastern Europe just because the Kremlin does not like what most of the people of these countries want,” Nestor said. “We must keep unity and pursue consistent policy in regard to Russia in the European Union, and fully support Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on their way to democratic Europe.”

In Nestor’s opinion, it is very important that the parliaments of the European countries would approve the association agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine already in the nearest future.