Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met with Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in Tallinn in order to confirm the continuation of cooperation to strengthen Ukraine's defence capabilities and implement security sector reforms. Estonia will continue to support Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
‘A few days ago marked the sixth anniversary of the start of Russian Federation aggression against Ukraine. We will not forget that, and are doing everything in our power to ensure that Ukraine receives support from international organisations’, said Minister of Defence Luik.
‘It was a proud moment, seeing the flags of the Armed Forces of Ukraine flying alongside the flags of the units of our allies at the Republic of Estonia’s Independence Day parade. This a genuine example of our close defence relationship’, continued Luik.
At the meeting, the Minister of Defence received the message that joining NATO is a very clear goal for Ukraine, and, according to Luik, based on its own experience, Estonia considers it important for Ukraine to continue decisively to carry out security reforms. Luik emphasised that the promise made by NATO at the 2008 Bucharest Summit, that Ukraine will become a member of NATO, remains valid.
Commenting on defence cooperation between Estonia and Ukraine, Luik said that Estonia remains ready to share its experience and practical knowledge in cyber defence and territorial defence, based on the example of the Defence League, as well as in the field of medical rehabilitation and military medicine. Estonia’s Defence Forces are interested in the combat experience of Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine gave a comprehensive overview of the work being done by the Normandy Format, and on the attempts to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine via diplomatic means.
In November 2019, the Ministers of Defence from Estonia and Ukraine signed a joint declaration of intent to share Estonia’s experience in the building up of territorial defence and the inclusion of volunteers. Estonia has been one of the most active supporters of Ukraine in the field of defence.
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