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Estonian and Danish foreign ministers stressed that the territorial integrity of Ukraine is unequivocal

01.03.2014

At their meeting in Copenhagen today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard expressed concern over the situation in Ukraine and recent developments in Crimea and stressed that the territorial integrity of Ukraine is unequivocal. “At the present time, what is most important is to prevent the spread of violence and reduce tension in the streets and various regions,” emphasized foreign minister Paet.

Paet said that Ukraine needs the support and assistance of the international community to prevent an economic collapse. “Also it is important for Ukraine to carry out rapid and bona fide reforms that will truly strengthen the rule of law, reduce corruption, ensure the functioning of a market economy and strengthen civil society,” the foreign minister said. “A prerequisite for financial support from the IMF, European Union and other structures is the presence of an accountable government in Ukraine," he added.

The ministers also stressed that Ukraine needs to prosecute persons who bear the guilt of the use of force against peaceful demonstrators.

Relations between Estonia and Denmark are practical and very good according to the two country’s foreign ministers. For example, defence cooperation with Denmark has been successful and diverse for Estonia, encompassing education, training opportunities, and counselling. "We share similar views with Denmark in NATO and in the long term, we have both contributed to NATO's International Security Assistance Force operation in Helmand province," foreign minister Paet said. "Last year, Denmark participated in Baltic Air Policing for the fourth time and is ready to do it again in 2018," Paet said. Denmark also currently contributes to the activities of the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) with one lecturer.

Both Estonia and Denmark enjoy a high level of e-services. "This is an area, where we could work together with Denmark in order to find common solutions for the entire region," foreign minister Paet said. Also, Estonian-Danish trade relations have ample room for improvement.

Paet and Lidegaard also discussed Nordic and Baltic cooperation. Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard will participate in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad countries next week on March 6 and 7 in Narva.

The ministers also spoke of issues related to the Arctic Council. Paet stated that Estonia is interested in what is happening in the Arctic and planned future developments there. "We are considering applying for observer status in the Arctic Council," he added.

A further topic at the meeting was the situation in the Central African Republic.

A photo of the meeting can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/12832670734/.


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