TALLINN – Mati Raidma, chairman of the Estonia-Ukraine
parliamentary group in the Riigikogu, said during a discussion of
the statement in support of Ukraine's independence in
the parliament on Tuesday that Estonia is with Ukraine in words and deeds.
"Today, as Russia's pressure policy for the
reintroduction of spheres of influence has brought the international security balance to
a state of great tension and the independence and territorial
integrity of Ukraine into a direct crisis, Ukraine needs every possible
support, both in word and deed," Raidma, MP from the Reform Party, said.
He pointed out that the parliamentary group in its
statement of July 16 denounced the illegal annexation of Crimea, human rights violations,
in particular the oppression of minorities and racial discrimination against
Crimean Tatars, and the disregard of international law by the Russian
Raidma acknowledged the Estonian Ministry of Defense, the
defense forces and the International Center for Defense and Security for their
practical cooperation with Ukraine.
"Genuine help for our good partner Ukraine is in
words as much as in deeds. Let's be active in both. This way we can be
stronger together to uphold our state-related and national core
values," Raidma added.