Estonia interested in defense cooperation with Ukraine

09:00, 28 May 2015
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The Estonian Parliament's speaker assures that Estonia "stands by Ukraine" and understands it well.

Estonia supports Ukraine / Photo from flickr.com/photos/bewellandthrive

Estonia is interested in cooperation with Ukraine, including in the defense sector, Speaker of Riigikogu (Parliament) of the Estonian Republic Eiki Nestor announced at a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman in Kyiv on Wednesday, the Rada's press service told UNIAN.

Nestor assured that Estonia "stands by Ukraine" and understands it well. According to him, Estonia is doing its best to ensure the incorporation of the Ukrainian issue into the agenda of all inter-parliamentary discussions and forums on Europe's security.

According to Nestor, granting a visa-free regime to Ukraine in future is realistic. "There is a restraining barrier, and it needs to be cleared," he said.

The Estonian parliament speaker also said that his country is ready to provide expert assistance and share experience in streamlining work of the Ukrainian parliament and its structures.

Groysman in turn said that Ukraine is interested in Estonia's experience, saying that the e-parliament system is now being introduced at the Verkhovna Rada, which is expected to make the parliament's work more transparent and accessible to the public.

The parties expressed readiness to develop inter-parliamentary relations and deepen cooperation in that direction.

Groysman also thanked Estonia for the support of Ukraine's position in the international arena.

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