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Minister of Defence Hanso in Kiev: Ukraine can count on Estonia’s support
Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso met in Kiev with Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, and received a thorough overview of the security situation in Ukraine and Ukraine’s security reforms.
Minister of Defence Hanso stated that Europe must maintain a consensus regarding the policy of sanctions, until the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Refusal to recognise the annexation of Crimea is a question that cannot be forgotten in the light of the other crises with which Europe is currently grappling.
“The people of Ukraine can always count on the support of Estonia," said Minister of Defence Hanso at the meeting. “In principle, Estonia will never accept the annexation of Crimea or Russia’s aggression in Eastern Ukraine, as this is not simply an isolated incident, but is instead the aggressive politics of the Kremlin, something with which the democratic world cannot agree."
According to Minster Hanso, it is extremely important that Ukraine continues the process of integrating with the Western World, since it is Ukraine that requires reforms and not officials in Brussels. “We support in full the democratic ambitions of the people of Ukraine concerning the question of NATO integration and encourage them to continue with their reforms,” said the Minister of Defence.
The Chairman of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine is President of Ukraine Petro Porošenko.
On Wednesday, Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso will be in Kiev, participating in festivities celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met today, in Tokyo, with Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera, in order to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and questions related to international security. This was the first trip to Japan by Estonia’s Minister of Defence.