During the meeting, they discussed current issues of cooperation between the two countries in the defense sphere. They also explored the prospects of Ukraine’s further integration into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in light of the results of the NATO Summit in Vilnius. The Estonian side shared information about their projects concerning the reconstruction of civilian infrastructure in the Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine. Special attention was given to the implementation of President Zelensky’s Peace Formula and the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine until it gets full membership in NATO.
Ambassador Kononenko expressed gratitude for the comprehensive defense assistance provided by Estonia to Ukraine. He emphasized that Estonia’s unprecedented step of transferring all of its 122mm and 152mm howitzers to Ukraine, along with 15 packages of military-technical aid and significant defense support (accounting for more than 1% of Estonia’s GDP), not only strengthens Ukraine’s ability to resist Russian aggression but also mobilizes support from other international partners. Estonia’s leadership in artillery and IT coalitions, support for Ukraine’s NATO integration, training of Ukrainian military personnel, provision of mobile hospitals, and rehabilitation of the wounded inspire confidence in achieving victory.
Maksym Kononenko urged the Estonian side to increase the supply of ammunition, anti-aircraft defense systems, anti-tank weapons, and demining equipment in response to the situation on the frontlines. He emphasized that the intensity of military actions in Ukraine is unprecedented and necessitates extraordinary measures. Providing military equipment and munitions to Ukraine is not merely an act of goodwill; rather, it is a strategic investment in the current and future security of the Black Sea-Baltic region and the entire European continent. Minister Pevkur assured that Estonia is fully aware of the potential risks it faces as a Baltic state and is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the EU and NATO are well-prepared to tackle the challenges posed by Russian aggression. Estonia acknowledges the critical importance of supporting Ukraine, a country standing on the frontline, and understands its need for all the necessary tools to strengthen its defense capabilities.
During their discussion, the counterparts compared their perspectives on the conclusion of the war and reached a consensus that President Zelensky’s proposed Peace Formula is the only practical plan to achieve a comprehensive, sustainable, and fair peace. Both Ukraine and Estonia share a unified vision of peace and justice. Minister Pevkur emphasized that Estonia's successful experience in implementing projects for reconstructing civilian infrastructure in Ukraine's Zhytomyr Oblast should serve as a model for the entire European Union. Addressing the issue of security guarantees, the Estonian official stated that Ukraine requires them urgently, not just for hypothetical future scenarios. The sooner the G7 and other major global players provide robust security assurances, the faster the aggressive Russian war against Ukraine will be brought to an end.