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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With Ukraine’s Pro-Europe Politicians

06.12.2013

Together with the foreign ministers of Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Latvia, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with Vitali Klitschko and other Ukrainian opposition leaders.

Topics of discussion at the meeting included Ukraine’s European aspirations, the domestic political arena, and the current economic situation.

“Dialogue regarding the country’s future must be restored as quickly as possible, and citizens’ freedoms of expression and association must be ensured,” said Urmas Paet.

According to Paet, Estonia has always supported Ukraine on the path toward the European Union and will continue to do so in the future. “The people of Ukraine deserve a democratic state with rule of law and they must be supported on that path,” he added.

Klitschko was thankful for the support for Ukrainian reforms and asked that it be continued in every way.
Paet emphasised that it was important that Ukrainian authorities refrain from violence against peaceful protestors.

“We call on all participants to engage in peaceful, constructive cooperation to continue Ukraine’s movement in the direction of the European Union,” said the foreign minister.

According to Paet, Estonia hopes that Ukraine will soon be ready to sign an association agreement with the European Union, which would also include the creation of a free trade area.

He also considers it important to have visa-free movement between the European Union and Ukraine.

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