Ratas: Ukraine-EU agreement ‘fundamental’ (1)
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said ahead of the European Council meeting on Thursday that the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement was fundamental for both sides. Ratas had also said earlier that Estonia supported maintaining the sanctions imposed on Russia.
“We must find a way to make the entry into force of the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement possible,” Ratas said. “The objective of the agreement is to support the efforts of Ukraine in implementing political and economic reforms. The people of Ukraine have made a clear choice regarding their future and have fought and worked hard towards it. They deserve this opportunity.”
According to the prime minister, the council meeting will also focus on cooperation in defense, a field that had previously been side-lined.
“Ensuring peace and stability in Europe is our joint task. We must cooperate more. All of us separately, as well as together must invest in defense more than we have done this far,” Ratas added.
Estonia would continue to contribute by keeping its defense expenditure above 2% of its gross domestic product. Ratas also emphasised the importance of enhancing cooperation between the European Union and NATO.