Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia Sven Mikser.
The parties discussed a number of overriding issues of bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Estonia, priorities of cooperation with the European Union and NATO, implementation of reforms in Ukraine, work of anticorruption bodies, the war in the east of Ukraine, issues of cybersecurity, as well as preparations for the elections in Ukraine and Estonia.
The Vice Prime Minister noted that Ukraine praises the level of relations with Estonia, in particular, for its continued support in recognizing the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the sanctions pressure on Russia, and the fact that Estonia was the first country to recognize the Holodomor and adopted it the relevant resolution in the Parliament. "I am very pleased that on such a special day for us - the commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine, true friends have joined to share the memory and pain of the Ukrainian people", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
In turn, the Foreign Minister of Estonia noted that the Holodomor of the 1930s is a tragic page not only in the history of Ukraine, but also of the entire democratic world. "It is very important to remember the consequences of the terrible tyranny that killed millions of Ukrainians, such a memory will help us to be stronger and wiser in the future," Sven Mikser emphasized.
Touching upon the issue of multilateral relations, the Vice Prime Minister noted that Ukraine appreciates the support of Estonia in terms of integration into the European Union and NATO. According to her, at present overriding priorities for Ukraine are: the European energy and digital market, the deepening of cooperation in customs issues, as well as justice, freedom and security.
Sven Mikser briefed the Vice Prime Minister on the domestic political situation in Estonia. According to him, Estonia, as well as Ukraine, enters the election season, on March 3 of the next year elections to the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will be held. In this context, the parties discussed cyber threats. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze noted that, along with the war in eastern Ukraine, threats to cyberspace are no less dangerous, especially when it comes to the 2019 elections. "It is extremely important for us to protect the electoral process, to protect the voices of Ukrainians from any manipulations or external invasions," the Vice Prime Minister underlined. She also added that, in order to prevent interference in elections, Ukraine is actively working with NATO, in particular within the framework of the Cyber Security Trust Fund, as well as on a bilateral level with some countries. "Given our common challenges during the election period, we will be pleased to expand the possibilities of cooperation with Estonia on cyber defense," the Vice Prime Minister underscored.