Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Ukraine’s Ongoing Integration With European Union Good for Integrity of Europe


No 431–E

At a meeting with Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Sergei Tigipko in Kiev, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed Estonia’s support for Ukraine’s integration with the European Union and its readiness to continue sharing its reform experiences, assuming that Ukraine is still interested.

According to Paet, Ukraine’s movement towards the European Union, including the signing of an Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, is in the interest of both sides. “To achieve this, it is essential to adhere to common values and principles, like honouring human rights and rule of law, while moving forward with reform processes and improving Ukraine’s business climate,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

“It would be necessary to move towards free trade and a visa waiver between the European Union and Ukraine as well,” he added.

Estonia is prepared to contribute to the development of Ukraine through development co-operation and Estonia’s Centre of Eastern Partnership. Paet called on Ukraine to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Centre of Eastern Partnership.
Paet and Tigipko also discussed Estonia-Ukraine bilateral relations. Paet stated that the Estonia-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission is an important form of co-operation and its next meeting will be at the end of February.

Estonia is also prepared to conclude an agreement on diplomatic property with Ukraine.
Paet and Tigipko also addressed Estonia and Ukraine’s co-operation in international organisations, including the UN and OSCE. Ukraine will be the chairman of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2013.

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