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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine01.07.2023, 10:28

Secretary of the NSDС of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov met with a delegation of the National Defense Commission of the Riigikogu of Estonia

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov met with a delegation of the National Defense Commission of the Riigikogu of Estonia headed by headed by its Chairman Grigore-Kaleu Stoicesku. The delegation also included Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Ukraine Kaimo Kuusk.

During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the current security situation in the world and the region, as well as discussed the strengthening of bilateral cooperation and Estonia's support for Ukraine in the international arena, in particular on the eve of the NATO Summit in Vilnius in July.

Oleksiy Danilov thanked the Estonian delegation for the visit "in difficult times" and for the comprehensive assistance provided by Estonia to Ukraine on its path to victory over the russian aggressor. "Your country is literally giving its last, and we are very grateful for that," he said.

Touching upon the issue of the so-called "prygozhyn uprising", the NSDC Secretary noted that these events "showed that the empire does not exist" and "any group of criminals can seize cities freely". "The process of natural fragmentation of the russian federation has been launched and cannot be stopped," he added.

At the same time, in his opinion, the civilized world has no idea what to do with russia. "Since March last year, we have been explaining to the Western countries that russia will disintegrate, as it is a natural process, but they refused to accept it," Oleksiy Danilov said, adding that the issue of civil war in russia is a matter of time, and "we need to speak about it publicly."

The NSDC Secretary expressed his belief that Ukraine's membership in NATO is "one of the best options to counter any future threats from russia" because the Alliance was created to "protect democracy and counter tyranny." "Unfortunately, this understanding takes a long time to come while we pay for our freedom with the lives of our defenders and civilians," he added.

In his turn, Mr. Stoichescu expressed his belief that after this war "there will be a new European security architecture where russia will not have a veto". According to him, Estonia "fully supports" Ukraine's membership in NATO, as "you deserve it and the Alliance will be incomplete without you." For its part, Estonia is making every effort to "build consensus in the EU and NATO" to support Ukraine.

Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Estonian Parliament also assured that Estonia will continue to make efforts to bring russia to justice for war crimes and compensate for the damage it has caused to Ukraine. "russia will not go unpunished," he assured.