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Foreign Minister Mikser in Ukraine: Situation in the Sea of Azov needs greater international attention


On Saturday, 24 November, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser was in Kyiv to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin as well as Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

The meeting with Foreign Minister Klimkin focused mainly on Russia’s activities in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, where international maritime trade and shipping have been hampered since this spring.

Foreign Minister Mikser noted that Russia mainly aims to put political pressure on Ukraine and cause economic damage. The situation also affects companies whose ships fly the flags of other EU Member States. Russia has also further threatened Ukraine’s security by moving warships to the Sea of Azov.

“The situation requires greater international attention. Estonia condemns Russia’s behaviour and calls on Russia to end its provocative actions and respect international law,” Mikser expressed support for Ukraine. He emphasised that the EU is united on this issue, pointing out EU’s additional sanctions over Kerch Strait bridge. “Russia’s activities hit hardest the development of Ukraine’s regions bordering the Sea of Azov and the people living there, who Estonia supports through development cooperation,” Mikser said.

“We should also not forget the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia,” Mikser added and affirmed Estonia’s continuing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “We support introducing additional EU sanctions over the so-called elections in Donbas on 11 November,” he added.

Ukraine’s reform process was discussed with both Klimkin and Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. “Despite Russia’s aggression and the war in eastern Ukraine, the country has proved it takes reforms seriously and is making progress, for example in its decentralisation efforts. It is important to continue on the chosen course, including in the fight against corruption,” Foreign Minister Mikser said, recognising Ukraine’s determination to continue with reforms and draw closer to NATO and the EU.

Mikser added that another field that needs more attention, especially before the upcoming elections, is cybersecurity. Estonia hopes to contribute to cybersecurity through EU’s initiatives. Ukraine continues to be Estonia’s important development cooperation partner.

Between the meetings, Foreign Minister Mikser lit a candle at the Maidan memorial. November 21 marked five years since Maidan protests in the centre of Kyiv. Foreign Minister Mikser attended an event marking the 85th anniversary of Holodomor.


Additional information:

Britta Tarvis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
+ 372 5194 7045


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