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Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus: Estonia is a strong supporter of Ukraine's reforms

17.04.2015

Meeting today in The Hague with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus discussed the latest developments in Ukraine and expressed strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as support for reforming the country.

Pentus-Rosimannus and Klimkin discussed political dialogue within the framework of "Normandy format" to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. "Russia must stop the destabilization of the situation in eastern Ukraine, adhere to the Minsk Agreements and respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty," Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus stressed.

The foreign ministers also discussed cyber security issues and the cyber dimension of the conflict in Ukraine. The number of cyber incidents in Ukraine has grown considerably since the conflict began. "In order to ensure cyber security, it is important for Ukraine to contribute, yet external support and assistance from partner countries is also essential," Pentus-Rosimannus said. She added, that Estonia is supporting Ukraine's cyberspace defence with 100 000 euros to the NATO-Ukraine Cyber ​​Security Trust Fund.

On the subject of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit taking place in Riga on May 21-22, Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said that Estonia expects distinct improvements on the road towards visa-freedom and hopes that Ukraine will soon fulfill all the necessary requirements. "The introduction of a visa-free regime between the European Union and Ukraine as soon as possible would also facilitate contacts between people, which is necessary from the point of view of Ukraine's integration with the European Union," the Foreign Minister added.

Speaking of Ukraine's state-building and carrying out of reforms, Pentus-Rosimannus stressed the importance of rapid political and economic reforms and the fight against corruption. "Estonia will continue to support Ukraine based on its own experiences, as well to provide assistance to help alleviate the humanitarian situation," Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said. Last year, Estonia supported Ukraine with more than one million euros for development and humanitarian aid and this year, Estonia plans to provide development and humanitarian aid totalling 2.35 million euros.

Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus is participating in the high-level cyber conference Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 in The Hague.

A photo of the meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/72157651930...

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