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Foreign minister Urmas Paet met with local Narva residents


Foreign minister Urmas Paet met today with local residents in Narva and presented a minibus to the Narva children’s home.

Foreign minister Paet said that today marks a tragic date in the history of Narva. “It is very sad that 70 years ago today, almost all of the medieval buildings in Narva’s old town were destroyed in bombing raids," he said.

While meeting with Narva residents and answering their questions, Paet also presented an overview of the events in Ukraine and their impact on security in Europe as a whole. “Such aggression against a sovereign country and clear violation of international law cannot be accepted,” Paet said.

Speaking on matters related to citizenship, the foreign minister emphasized the government’s firm desire for there not to be a single person with undetermined citizenship in Estonia. "I encourage all permanent residents of Estonia who still do not have Estonian citizenship to apply for it. However Russia has decided to make achieving it more difficult by giving stateless persons the opportunity to visit Russia without a visa, while Estonian citizens need a visa in order to visit. This unfortunately reduces people's motivation," Paet added.
The foreign minister also presented the Narva children's home with a Mercedes-Benz Vito minibus that previously belonged to the foreign ministry. 32 children live at the Narva children’s home, of whom the youngest is 5-months old.

Participating at the meeting of Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad group countries in Narva on March 6, 7 at the invitation of foreign minister Paet were Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, Norwegian State Secretary Hans Brattskar, Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrius Krivas, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Petr Drulák, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi.

The foreign ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine and also adopted a joint statement on the subject. They also discussed regional energy security.

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