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11 July 2023, 11:17

The Committee on Ukraine's Integration into the EU held a meeting with the delegation of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Estonia

The Chair of the Committee on Ukraine's Integration into the EU, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, thanked her Estonian colleagues for their visit to Ukraine and for the support that Estonia has provided to Ukraine not only since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, but also since the beginning of the war when Russia annexed Crimea. “You represent a country that understands very well what threats Russia poses to the world and to the European community. We are grateful for Estonia's voice in support of Ukraine, which sounds on European and Euro-Atlantic platforms. We haven't won yet, so we still need constant support” said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

She noted that Ukraine, as a candidate state for joining the EU, is now under the magnifying glass in the European Union. “We need this additional attention from European institutions to help transform Ukraine. This is very important to us, and regardless of which political faction we represent, we all work together to achieve this goal. We hope that Estonia will support us on this path,” said the Chair of the Committee.

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze noted that Ukraine is now closely following what is happening in Vilnius and expecting a NATO's political decision. “We believe that Ukraine should receive a clear agenda in relations with the Alliance. I think you will agree that we should demonstrate strength and unity to Russia, because it is the only language it understands. And that there will be no escalation because the Russian Federation will have to come to terms with the new reality. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this, and that's why we have to work on this issue together,” said the Chair of the Committee.

First Deputy Chairman of the Committee Vadym Halaychuk noted that for Estonian colleagues from the European Union Affaires Committee of the Parliament of Estonia, this is one of the first foreign visits after the recent elections. This is very valuable for Ukraine. Vadym Halychuk expressed hope that Estonia will continue to be a strong advocate of Ukraine on international platforms.