Foreign minister Urmas Paet to the ambassadors of EU countries: the unity of the European Union and NATO allies is extremely important in the current security situation
Foreign minister Urmas Paet said today at a meeting in Tallinn with
the ambassadors of European Union member states and EU candidate states
appointed to Estonia that given the sudden changes in the security
environment of Europe, the cooperation and unity of allies is extremely
essential both in the European Union and NATO.
Paet said that the European Union and much of the international
community have clearly condemned the annexation of one part of Ukraine
through the use of military force and an illegal referendum.
According to the foreign minister, in order to resolve the crisis it
is imperative that the Russian Federation finally begin direct talks
with Ukraine and the international community.
Paet emphasized the importance of cooperation between the allies in a
situation where Russian action in Ukraine has changed the security
situation in the whole of Europe.
From the point of view of the security situation, a broad-based
international presence throughout Ukraine is also very important.
"Estonia supports the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and the swift
deployment of a European Union observation mission to Ukraine," foreign
minister Paet added.
Paet said that Ukraine needs the political and economic support of
the European Union and NATO to quickly move forward towards European
integration. "The first step will be the signing this week of the
political chapters of the EU-Ukraine Comprehensive Free Trade Area
(DCFTA) Association Agreement at the meeting of the EU Heads of State or
Government, the foreign minister said. Paet also considers it important
to remove customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the European Union.
Paet also emphasized the importance of continued and visible support
for the reform efforts of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. "The cooperation
and tightening of the relationship between the European Union and its
Eastern Partners is very important in the current situation in order to
alleviate the security crisis and to add a sense of confidence to all of
Europe," he said. "The European Union Association and Free Trade
Agreements with Georgia and Moldova must be concluded soon," he added.