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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: a new government must quickly be formed in Ukraine and the public reassured

26.02.2014

While on his visit to Ukraine and having met today in Kyiv with the deputy speaker of parliament Ruslan Koshulinsky and chairman of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet acknowledged the steps taken towards reaching stability in the country in the last few days.

"What is most important for continued political and economic stability is Ukraine's unity, a sense of responsibility among the political forces and overcoming the economic crisis," Paet said. "It is very important to form a new, accountable government, so that the state could receive financial help from the European Union, the IMF, and other structures for example," he said.

The next most important step according to Paet, is the organization of free elections. "The elections in May must be based on the free will of the people," the Estonian foreign minister emphasized. "The Ukrainian people with their determination have given the nation a new opportunity to build a state respectful of democracy and human rights. We greatly appreciate these efforts and are ready to continue to support activities that develop the rule of law in Ukraine," he added. Currently it is essential to reduce tensions on the streets and in various regions and to increase society's confidence, Paet stated.

Paet said that the European Union is ready to support a democratic Ukraine which is ready for reforms. "The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement continues to be ready to be signed. We support concluding this agreement in the near future and believe that it would be beneficial for the future perspective of Ukraine," Paet said.

The Estonian foreign minister also placed a wreath in Kyiv at the memorial site of people killed in the Ukrainian unrest. "My sincere condolences go out to all relatives of people killed in the conflict," Paet said. He added that Estonia recognizes the sacrifices made by many people while trying to save lives and care for the injured during the unrest in Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Paet also met in Kyiv with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

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