Estonia voices support for Ukraine joining EU and NATO

Estonia is in favor of Ukraine joining the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu at a press conference.

“Estonia is the devoted friend of the Ukrainians, and fully supports [Ukraine] joining the political family of the European Union and NATO on the basis of objective reforms and transformation in the country,” the minister said.

He added that Estonia will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and the eastern regions of Ukraine by the Russian aggressor-state.

“Estonia was the first country of the EU that did not recognize Russia’s passportization of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. It’s an absolutely unacceptable form of citizenship cleansing,” Reinsalu added.

In 2018, the EU adopted a plan for sectoral integration with Ukraine that does not guarantee Ukraine official EU membership, but provides many advantages. The plan proposes to let Ukraine join the Energy Union, the Single Digital Market, the EU Customs Union, and the Shengen Area.

  Estonia, NATO, EU, Ukraine