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Estonia and Finland support Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization

23.08.2011

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Finland’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb discussed further enlargement of the European Union, the state of the world’s economy and Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Paet said Estonia and Finland shared the same objectives in European Union affairs and that their positions largely overlapped. “Together with Finland, we are contributing to the development of the Baltic Sea strategy and the digital market. We also consider it important that the EU’s internal market function better as a whole,“ Paet added.

Stubb and Paet also discussed the world economy and developments related to the aid package for Greece. Paet stressed the importance of all member states contributing to keep the Eurozone’s debt crisis from deepening and widening. “To avoid further deepening of the crisis, strict financial and structural reforms must be carried out,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

The officials noted Estonia and Finland’s shared interests in foreign trade issues. “Estonia and Finland support Russia’s accession to the WTO as soon as possible. Russia’s joining the WTO will give the business community greater sense of security in doing business,” he said.

On the topic of further enlargement of the EU, Stubb and Paet said they agreed that the EU must support and assist European countries that have chosen the path of democracy and closer relations with the Community. “The next country to join the EU after Croatia could be Iceland. But further enlargement should take place in the Western Balkans, so accession talks with Serbia should begin,“ said Paet.

Minister Stubb also addressed a conference of the heads of Estonian foreign representations.

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry
Recording of the press conference: http://www.vm.ee/?q=node/10615

 


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