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Minister of Defence Luik visits Ukraine

22. October 2019 - 13:30
Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andriy Zagorodnyuk
Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andriy Zagorodnyuk

Estonia´s Minister of Defence Jüri Luik visited Ukraine this week where on Monday he met with the Minister of Defence and the new Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to discuss enhancing the defence cooperation between the two countries. Luik also met with Estonian Defence Forces´ instructors serving in Ukraine.

At his meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Luik confirmed that Estonia will continue to support Ukraine bilaterally, as well as through NATO Trust Funds.

‘Five years have passed since the illegal annexation of Crimea. We must continue to support our Ukrainian partners, both politically as well as through defence cooperation,' Luik said. He added that Estonia’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity remains steadfast.

‘Estonia is honoured to be able to help Ukraine, a victim of aggression. We are enhancing Ukraine’s independent defence capability by training the Ukrainian armed forces, offering rehabilitation services to wounded soldiers, sharing knowledge about cyber security and offering English language courses to help security forces communicate more effectively with NATO', Luik added.

The Ministers of Defence noted that a strong emphasis is being placed on further cyber defence cooperation, both bilaterally and through NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

At his meeting with the Estonian service members, Luik emphasised the importance of their service. ‘The work that you are doing is an extremely important contribution to international security and is helping Ukraine to develop its independent defence capability,’ Luik said.

At his meeting with Oleksii Danilov, the new Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Minister of Defence Luik discussed the international situation and the state of the Minsk Agreements. Luik emphasised that Russia’s selective interpretation of the Minsk Agreements is unacceptable.

‘A comprehensive ceasefire and the withdrawal of the use of heavy weaponry must be achieved,’ he said. He emphasised that Russian forces must be withdrawn from Ukraine as quickly as possible.

The Ministers of Defence of Ukraine and Estonia placed flowers at the memorial to fallen of the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Photos of the visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaitseministeerium_mod_estonia/albums/7215...

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