Prime minister expresses support of Ukraine in speech to EU parliament ({{commentsTotal}})

Jüri Ratas addressing the European Parliament, July 5, 2017.
Jüri Ratas addressing the European Parliament, July 5, 2017. Source: (European Parliament)

In his address to the European Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) expressed his support of Ukraine. The EU couldn’t accept aggression against a European neighbor and the illegal annexation of another country’s territory.

"I believe that it is not impossible that one day in the future, a Ukrainian president may stand before this house, in the same role as I do today," Ratas said.

"In the 21st century we must not accept aggression against a European country or the illegal annexation and occupation of part of its territory," he added.

Ratas also referred to the European Parliament's 1983 resolution not to acknowledge the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. "Were it not for the 1983 European Parliament resolution on Soviet-occupied Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, perhaps I would not be standing in front of you today," Ratas said.

"It is clear that the European Union must assume greater responsibility for security in and around Europe. No single country is able to stand up to the threats we face, or solve these challenges alone," he added.

Ratas also expressed his support of closer cooperation within the European Union.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS



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