Demise of existing security system biggest threat for Estonia, says Sven Mikser

Sven Mikser speaking to the Riigikogu on Thursday. Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand in the background (Riigikogu)
BNS
2/12/2016 2:45 PM
Category: Politics

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Sven Mikser (SDE) said in Riigikogu on Thursday that the biggest immediate security threat to Estonia and its development was the crumbling of the European security architecture.

"Russian aggression against Ukraine and the unlawful annexation of Crimea posed and are posing a continuous direct challenge to international law and the arrangement of European security that rests on it," Mikser was quoted by spokespeople for the Riigikogu as saying.

Mikser said that it was possible to deter an aggressive neighbor. The collective moral, economic, political, and also military potential of Estonia and its allies was overwhelmingly bigger than that of whatever challenger, and Estonia wasn't alone facing security threats.

"The readiness and ability of allies to protect us if need be depends on our own credibility in the eyes of our friends and unity of the democratic countries that have come together in NATO and the European Union. The unity of the democratic world is expressed clearly also in the sanctions that have been imposed on Russia in connection with the aggression against Ukraine," he said.

Mikser spoke briefly about the ratification of the border treaty between Estonia and Russia. He expressed hope that completing this lengthy process in the near future was possible, adding that if necessary one had to be ready to work toward the ratification and enactment of the treaties also with the next line-up of the Russian parliament, which is to be elected in autumn this year.

Mikser stressed that the border treaty didn't seek to solve other issues between the countries or different interpretations of history, but concentrated solely on the matter of drawing the borderline.

Mikser said that while work with the EU's eastern partners required strategic patience, he said he was convinced that bringing these countries closer to Europe was good for both the wellbeing of the people of those countries as well as the stability and security of all of Europe.

On a critical note, Mikser observed that although foreign policy has been said to be a suprapartisan subject over the years, increased tensions in matters of international policy and antagonism taking over in Estonia's domestic politics have taken a good deal off that consensus.

"As a small country we know that we are strong on the international arena if we are able to find a common stance with our allies," Mikser said. "The same should apply in the debate inside Estonia on our foreign policy priorities," he added.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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