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Foreign Minister Mikser: events in Ukraine have an impact on European security

07.12.2016

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser participated with other NATO Foreign Ministers in a meeting of NATO-Ukraine Commission where ministers discussed NATO-Ukraine relations, security situation in Eastern Ukraine, meeting of the Normandy format and implementing the Minsk Agreements. It was emphasised at the meeting that the future of Ukraine continues to be important in the light of European security.

“Events in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea have direct impact on European security and stability,” Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said. According to the Foreign Minister, respecting the ceasefire in accordance with the Minsk Agreements is an essential prerequisite for solving the situation. “It is important that the political solution respects international law, Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.

Foreign Minister welcomed Ukraine’s will and progress in carrying out reforms. “Ukraine’s determination to carry out reforms, including in the security and defence sector, in current conditions is impressive and worth support,” Mikser said. He reaffirmed that Estonia fully supports Ukraine’s integration with the EU and NATO that would have a strong impact on the whole region.

In addition, NATO Foreign Ministers and partners of the NATO-led training and advising mission in Afghanistan discussed the political situation in Afghanistan and its impact on NATO. Foreign Minister of Afghanistan was also present at the meeting.

According to Foreign Minister Mikser, the security situation in Afghanistan is still characterised by anxiety. “We consider it important to continue supporting Afghanistan according to the decision made at the Warsaw Summit that aims towards stable democratic and united Afghanistan,” he emphasised. He added that Afghanistan has been and will be Estonia’s development cooperation priority until 2020 and Estonia continues to fund Afghan Security Forces.

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