Defence Minister Kalle Laanet participated at the EU Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) today, where the Council discussed the Russian aggression against Ukraine and Sweden and Finland joining NATO. The ministers also exchanged views with NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana and the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, who joined the meeting via video conference.
“Ukraine must win this war and Russia must emerge a clear loser. To achieve that it is important for European Union member states to continue helping Ukraine in every possible practical way, including by providing military aid. This aid must be delivered quickly, because every new day brings more casualties. The goal is not peace but victory and that will be achieved once the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine are restored,” said Defence Minister Kalle Laanet.
“At the Council, I also welcomed Finland’s and Sweden’s intentions to join NATO. These are historic steps that, on the one hand, show to what extent the Russian aggression has changed the security landscape, however, on the other hand, these decisions will strengthen the security of the Alliance as a whole,” added Laanet.
According to the defence minister, the European Union should raise efforts towards resolving lacking areas in defence investment processes.
“The European Union should have a programme for defence investments, which would provide additional financial support to member states in jointly procuring, for example, ammunition,” commented Laanet.
During the Council, minister Laanet also met with the Minister of Defence of Spain Margarita Robles to discuss preparations and strengthening NATO’s eastern flank ahead of the Madrid summit in June.
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