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The foreign ministers of the Nordic, Baltic and four Central European countries are in Narva discussing the situation in Ukraine

07.03.2014

The foreign ministers of the Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad countries began a two-day meeting in Narva today.

At tonight's discussion in Narva Castle, the ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine and emphasized that leading Russian troops into Crimea is an act of aggression towards Ukraine. “This is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and international law.”

Foreign minister Paet said that the Crimean parliament’s decisions today to declare a referendum for as early as March 16 and to adopt a motion to join Russia are illegal.

He added that such steps do not contribute in any way to the stabilization of the situation in Crimea and Ukraine, but instead serve to increase tensions.

The ministers of the Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad countries met for the first time as such a group last year in Gdansk, Poland.

Participating at the meeting in Narva on March 6, 7  at the invitation of foreign minister Paet are Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, Norwegian State Secretary Hans Brattskar, Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrius Krivas, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Petr Drulák, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi.


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