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Foreign Minister Paet: Above all Ukraine needs Russian troops out and full control over its border

24.09.2014

At the European Union foreign ministers' meeting, which took place as part of the UN General Assembly opening week, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said in regard to the situation in Ukraine, that the main requirement is the departure of Russian troops from Ukraine and allowing Ukraine to have full border control.

“The international community's most important objective is to find ways to influence Russia to cease military operations in Ukraine,” the Estonian Foreign Minister said.

Paet stated that only a long-term diplomatic solution can bring peace. “The current fragile ceasefire must become more permanent, but must also be based on Ukraine's sovereignty,” he added. “As long as Russia’s aggression in Ukraine continues, the European Union must continue its restrictive measures along with concurrent diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the situation.”

Paet stated that it is also very important that Ukraine is able to carry out its parliamentary elections and begin substantive reforms.

Foreign Minister Paet also spoke to the EU foreign ministers about the situation regarding Eston Kohver’s abduction to Russia and imprisonment and thanked EU member states for their support and understanding in relation to the resolution of this situation.

Speaking about the situation in Iraq and Syria, Paet said that broad international support for the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State is extremely necessary to ensure security in that region as well as in all of Europe. “Extremist horrors must be stopped through international cooperation,” he added.

The European Union foreign ministers meeting also discussed the continuation of nuclear talks with Iran.

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