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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson met the Georgian Deputy Minister of Defence Mikheil Darchiashvili who is visiting Estonia. The meeting focused on the international security situation and the cooperation between Estonia and Georgia.

“It was not the occupation and annexation of Crimea by Russia that brought on the change in the European security situation; the first step was already taken in August 2008. Russia’s attack against Georgia served the purpose of drawing lines of separation, and this has been continued with the current aggression against Ukraine,” Mihkelson said, adding that “when Europe talks about the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, it must not forget the occupied territories of Georgia.” 

The Georgian Deputy Minister emphasised that Estonia has always been a very close ally and friend and that cooperation in strengthening security is being developed constantly. 

Mihkelson and Darchiashvili also exchanged opinions on the outcomes of the recent NATO summit. The Georgian Deputy Minister expressed his approval of the progress made and said that NATO allies have given an increasing amount of attention to strengthening Georgia’s defence capacity over the past months. 

Mihkelson confirmed that the Foreign Affairs Committee will start to proceed the ratification of the association and free trade agreement between Georgia and the EU as early as 6 October. The Riigikogu should carry out the final vote by the beginning of November. 

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The Riigikogu Press Service