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President: Ukraine appreciates Estonia's support in our struggle for sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence
22 May 2018 18:15

22 May 2018 - 14:45

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stresses that the level of relations between Estonia and Ukraine is unprecedentedly high and good. "This is proved, and we are very grateful for this, by the principled position of Estonia in maintaining sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state. This has been demonstrated from the first days of the illegal annexation of Crimea, from the first days of Russian aggression in the east of our country," Petro Poroshenko emphasized during the joint press conference with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.

The Head of State noted the principled position of Estonia from the first days of Russia's aggression against Ukraine in the Council of the European Union, support in international organizations, including the United Nations. "Estonia was a co-author and supported all the resolutions concerning Crimea and Russian aggression," he said.

"We are extremely grateful to you, Mrs. President, and to the whole Estonian nation for a principled and firm position," Petro Poroshenko said.

The President separately noted Estonia's decisive actions in the humanitarian component of overcoming the consequences of aggression. "The total amount Estonia has provided in the material and humanitarian field is more than 10 million euros. I want to emphasize that Estonia is the largest donor per capita. This is in fact a very convincing evidence of the attitude and support of Estonia to Ukraine," he stressed.

The President noted that in the course of the visit to Ukraine, President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid would visit the Donbas. "I want to thank Mrs. President for being the first President who, in accordance with our invitation, has decided to visit the Donbas, to meet with Ukrainian soldiers, residents of the liberated territory, internally displaced persons in order to see the situation on the collision line and coordinate steps required to improve security, stop the war and hostilities by the Russian Federation and achieve peace," Petro Poroshenko noted.

"Today, I want to express my support to all the Ukrainians in their struggle for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country," Kersti Kaljulaid said.

The Estonian President stressed that the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russian occupation in the east of Ukraine should be terminated and the situation should be brought back into the framework of international law. At the same time, she says that the Russian aggression against Ukraine is a humanitarian challenge for the whole of Europe.

The Estonian President informed of her intention to visit the east of Ukraine, namely the line of delimitation, and get herself personally acquainted with the situation in the Donbas. At the same time, she stressed that "this is not a frozen conflict, but a heated confrontation", which threatens the whole Europe with its humanitarian consequences and "Europe must pay much attention to it".

"I also want to thank Estonian non-governmental organizations that help Ukrainians in Crimea and eastern Ukraine," Kersti Kaljulaid said. She noted that due to many Estonian non-governmental organizations it was possible to understand the situation in Ukraine from the very beginning of the aggression in 2014.

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