Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini met in Tallinn to discuss security issues of EU importance


Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini met today in Tallinn to discuss the security situation in Europe as well as issues related to migration and terrorism, and matters pertaining to the peace process in the Middle East.

Speaking of the security situation, Foreign Minister Kaljurand highlighted the fact that the unpredictability and instability which has increased significantly during the past year and a half affects European security as a whole. “Today we have to consider dangers emanating from both the South and the East,” said Kaljurand. Kaljurand explained that the Eastern threat is characterized by Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine and a noteworthy intensification of the country’s military activity. “The situation in Eastern Ukraine continues to be strenuous; the number and intensity of violations has gone up throughout the length of the line of contact. Bombings and use of heavy weaponry on the line of contact are the most energetic in six months as from the battle at Debaltseva in February this year,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand noted. “We, our partners and allies condemn this re-escalation initiated by Russia and call on Russia to adhere to the Minsk agreements,” the Minister added. “If necessary, the European Union must stand ready to step up the sanctions applied to Russia,” stressed Kaljurand.

Speaking of threats originating from Southern Europe, Foreign Minister Kaljurand noted that such dangers are foremost connected to Islamic terrorism and related violent extremism (such as ISIL), a consequence of which is migration-related stress on Europe. The Minister of Foreign Affairs explained that in combating illegal migration, it is important to attend to the underlying reasons of illegal and forced resettlement in third countries. At the same time, the Foreign Minister acknowledged European Union’s efforts in this respect, underlining the recently launched EUNAVFOR Med military operation.

Kaljurand commended Federica Mogherini on a successful contribution to the Iran nuclear negotiations. “The nuclear agreement signed with Iran serves as proof that European Union diplomacy and multilateral diplomatic efforts can lead to a peaceful solution. The outcome of the negotiations represents a substantial development from the perspective of security in the Middle Eastern region as well as the entire world which may possess an extensive positive effect,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Kaljurand ja the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Mogherini also discussed the development of a new European security strategy that would conjoin all of the EU’s policy domains related to foreign and security policy, including trade, development and cooperation, and energy, into one cohesive foreign activity tool. “Considering the worsening security situation in Europe and its vicinity, establishment of this comprehensive strategy is very much needed,” Kaljurand elaborated.

Foreign Minister Kaljurand also stressed the importance of European Union support in resolving the cases of both Eston Kohver and the ship guards detained in India, and thanked Federica Mogherini for the statement made this past week in which the High Representative condemned the judgment made as pertaining to Eston Kohver as well as the related illegal judicial proceedings.

During her Tallinn visit the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will also meet with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and Minister of Defense Sven Mikser. Federica Mogherini also gave a presentation to the heads of Estonian foreign representations.


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