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The Foreign Affairs Committee had a video meeting today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto to discuss the security situation in the region, Russia’s activities in the border regions of Ukraine, and issues concerning Belarus.

The Chairman of the Committee Marko Mihkelson emphasised that Russia’s activities and any developments in Ukraine must be kept under close scrutiny at all times. The parties highlighted the crucial importance of European Union cohesion, solidarity with Ukraine, and all-round support to free and successful Ukraine.

Regarding Belarus, strict sanctions are both important and necessary. “We must continue supporting the sovereignty of Belarus and demand that new free and fair presidential elections be organised in Belarus. Today, the best way to put pressure on the Lukashenko regime is to enforce strong and effective sanctions,” the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee said. 

Mihkelson expressed his happiness over the strong bilateral relations and close exchange of information between Estonia and Finland. He highlighted the report on the future cooperation of Estonia and Finland which is to be completed in February. The report outlines the state of bilateral relations and suggests new opportunities for cooperation.

The Chairman of the Committee raised the issue of qualified majority decisions in the EU foreign and security policy, and the possibilities for enhancing the speed and strength the foreign policy of the Union. The participants also exchanged ideas about the upcoming meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and the OSCE Chairmanship of Finland in 2025. 

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Liisa Johanna Lukk
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