Estonia, Belarus Voice Support for Ukraine
Estonia and, for the time being, Belarus, do not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said that they supported Ukraine at meeting in Bratislava on Thursday (Dec. 5).
The discussion was at a meeting on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava on Thursday (Dec. 5), The Baltic Times reported.
Reinsalu said that sovereign states have the right to make their policy and security-related choices without pressure from outside.
“We appreciate the fact that, despite pressure from Moscow, Belarus does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea,” Reinsalu said.
That said, Belarus may soon lose its own voice when it comes to Ukrainian rights, as its parliament will soon be integrated into the Russian Federation.
The parties also discussed the issue of human rights protection. In turn, the Estonian minister stressed the importance of respect for democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.
“Freedom of the media, protection of human rights and free elections are the mainstay of democracy. Therefore, I raised this topic also with my Belarusian colleague,” Reinsalu said.