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Foreign minister Urmas Paet is participating in the NATO foreign ministers meeting

31.03.2014

 

Foreign minister Urmas Paet will participate in NATO foreign ministers' meetings in Brussels tomorrow and the day after. The foreign ministers will discuss what steps NATO can implement in support of Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries. NATO-Russia relations will also be a topic of discussion.

Foreign minister Urmas Paet said that the primary theme of the meetings will be the importance of international cooperation. “Events in Ukraine have changed the security situation in the whole of Europe,” Paet said. “More than ever, NATO must focus on its collective defence principle and commit to partnerships in order to ensure stability and security in our neighbouring areas. We must offer Ukraine any assistance it might need, support young democracies such as Moldova, and enhance NATO-Georgia cooperation,” he added.

Within the framework of the two-day meetings, the NATO-Ukraine and NATO-Georgia Commissions will also meet, and the first meeting of the NATO Istanbul Cooperation Initiative at the foreign ministerial level will take place, with which the 10th anniversary of this format will simultaneously be celebrated. In addition, the foreign ministers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) will meet, who will discuss the presidential and local elections taking place in Afghanistan on April 5, as well as issues related to planning NATO's “Resolute Support” mission.

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