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Kaljurand: we have to continue with the common policy on Russia


4. September 2016 - 14:06

Foreign Minister was in Bratislava today and yesterday, taking part in an informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the EU.

Foreign Minister Kaljurand emphasized during the meeting how it is necessary to continue the dialogue with Turkey and how Turkey has to respect its international obligations, international law and guarantee that justice is delivered independently and impartially. “Turkey is open for dialogue and there are plenty of topics to discuss,” Kaljurand said. “Turkey is also an important partner in solving the migration crisis, security and fight against terrorism,” she added. Ministers also condemned the attempted coup in Turkey and expressed solidarity with the Turkish people. High Representative of the EU and member states thanked Estonia for its active cooperation with Turkey during Estonia’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. In addition, during a meeting with Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs Ömer Çelik that followed the discussion, ministers expressed a wish to continue cooperation in all current cooperation fields.

During the discussion on the implementation of Minsk agreements, Kaljurand pointed out that considering the intensive warfare in Eastern Ukraine and Russia’s provocation regarding Crimea, it is important to continue with the common policy on Russia. “Policy on Russia can mainly be influenced by Russia’s activities and implementation of the Minsk agreements, which would restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Kaljurand said. Ministers also expressed their support for the Normandy process, stressed the importance of security and discussed EU’s opportunities to support Ukraine in carrying out reforms.

In addition, ministers talked about implementing the EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. With the EU candidate states, ministers discussed fight against terrorism and preventing radicalization. According to Kaljurand it is important to support fight against terrorism and cooperation and exchanging information both with Turkey and western Balkan countries.


Additional information:
Sten Juur
Communication Department, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(+372) 637 7627
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