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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet discussed the security situation in Ukraine with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia

07.05.2014

At his meeting in Vienna with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrii Deshchytsia, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia considers stabilising the security situation in Ukraine and the carrying out of presidential elections on May 25 to be of utmost importance.

Paet said that Ukraine must be able to make its own choices for the future. "We want Russia to stop interfering with Ukraine's internal affairs and increasing tensions. That would help lower the conflict level and contribute to Ukraine's further development," he added.

According to Paet, all efforts to carry out the May 25 presidential elections are of great importance. "The presence of as many international observers as possible is crucial," he stressed. Estonia will also send its observers to the presidential elections.

Estonia is ready to share its experience with Ukraine to carry out necessary reforms, Paet confirmed. "For instance in the areas are e-governance and border, as well as police cooperation," he added.

According to the Estonian foreign minister, Ukraine has to have a clear perspective for joining the European Union when the preconditions have been fulfilled. "We support signing all remaining parts of the association agreement in June," he stressed. "We also consider it important to establish visa-free travel between Ukraine and the European Union as soon as possible."

The Ukrainian foreign minister confirmed at the meeting that the primary goal of the Ukrainian government is to achieve stability in the country and to get the security situation under control. The Ukrainian foreign minister thanked Estonia for its thorough support.


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