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Foreign minister Urmas Paet: Estonia will not accept the annexation of the Crimean peninsula

02.04.2014

Estonia unequivocally denounces Russia's illegal steps aimed at undermining Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, foreign minister Urmas Paet told his Ukrainian colleague Andri Deshchytsia at Tuesday's meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission in Brussels. “Estonia is continuing the policy of non-recognition in respect to the annexation of Crimea,” Paet emphasised.

The foreign minister urged NATO to intensify its cooperation with Ukraine and welcomed a package of measures adopted jointly to support Ukraine in the crisis situation. “In addition to the adopted measures, Estonia welcomes the strengthening of long-term cooperation and we await the corresponding resolutions at the NATO summit in Wales in September,” Paet said.

The NATO-Ukraine Commission was established in 1997 to develop political and practical cooperation. Ukraine has actively contributed to all ongoing NATO-led operations. In addition to participating in the Afghanistan and Kosovo missions, Ukraine’s vessels have participated numerous times in the anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations Active Endeavour and Ocean Shield.

A joint statement was also adopted at the NATO-Ukraine foreign ministers’ meeting condemning Russia's military action in Ukraine and calling on Russia to de-escalate the situation by reducing its troops in Crimea and withdrawing them to their bases.

Additional information:
Marko Koplimaa
Permanent representation of Estonia to NATO
+ 32 472 95 05 10


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