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Foreign minister Urmas Paet to the ambassadors of EU countries: the unity of the European Union and NATO allies is extremely important in the current security situation

20.03.2014

Foreign minister Urmas Paet said today at a meeting in Tallinn with the ambassadors of European Union member states and EU candidate states appointed to Estonia that given the sudden changes in the security environment of Europe, the cooperation and unity of allies is extremely essential both in the European Union and NATO.

Paet said that the European Union and much of the international community have clearly condemned the annexation of one part of Ukraine through the use of military force and an illegal referendum.

According to the foreign minister, in order to resolve the crisis it is imperative that the Russian Federation finally begin direct talks with Ukraine and the international community.

Paet emphasized the importance of cooperation between the allies in a situation where Russian action in Ukraine has changed the security situation in the whole of Europe.
From the point of view of the security situation, a broad-based international presence throughout Ukraine is also very important. "Estonia supports the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and the swift deployment of a European Union observation mission to Ukraine," foreign minister Paet added.

Paet said that Ukraine needs the political and economic support of the European Union and NATO to quickly move forward towards European integration. "The first step will be the signing this week of the political chapters of the EU-Ukraine Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Association Agreement at the meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government, the foreign minister said. Paet also considers it important to remove customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the European Union.

Paet also emphasized the importance of continued and visible support for the reform efforts of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. "The cooperation and tightening of the relationship between the European Union and its Eastern Partners is very important in the current situation in order to alleviate the security crisis and to add a sense of confidence to all of Europe," he said. "The European Union Association and Free Trade Agreements with Georgia and Moldova must be concluded soon," he added.


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