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Increasing Energy Security is Shared Interest of Estonia and Ukraine

08.12.2010

No. 385-E

At his meeting in Kiev with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryschenko, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia would open its new embassy building in Kiev in the first half of next year.

At their meeting, Paet and Gryschenko said that an important goal in the near future is increasing the energy security of both nations. “This applies to both new electrical connections as well as possible alternatives for gas supplies,” Paet added. “The European Union and international financial institutions are ready to help Ukraine continue to modernise its gas system.”

In talking about bilateral relations, Foreign Minister Paet expressed hope that regular flights to Tallinn by the Ukrainian airline AeroSvit starting in 2011 would increase visits by Ukrainian citizens to Estonia. “In 2010 the number of visa applications in Ukraine rose by a third compared to the previous year, and the number of tourists among them doubled,” he mentioned.

The foreign ministers also discussed the OSCE summit during their meeting. Foreign Minister Paet recognised the OSCE Permanent Council’s decision to confirm Ukraine as the chairman of the OSCE in 2013.

During his visit to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet placed a bouquet on the Holodomor Memorial in Kiev dedicated to the victims of the Ukrainian famine and also visited the memorial museum dedicated to the victims. “This was one of the most terrible tragedies of the 20th century, and it must not be forgotten,” Paet said.

Photos from the meeting with the Ukrainian president and prime minister and the foreign minister’s visit to the Holodomor Memorial: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry

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