Russia occupied Crimea and sending troops into Eastern Ukraine violated international law and undermined European security. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Estonia jüri Ratas at the joint with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg press conference in Brussels, informs edition Postimees.
According to him, these events severely complicated the dialogue with Russia, but the dialogue should continue in the NATO Council-Russia.
The restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova should be in the center of this dialogue, the Prime Minister said Estonia.
“I lived during the occupation, I know what it means. Freedom has a price”, he added.
Ratas also said that Estonia intends to maintain defence spending above two percent of GDP for at least the next four years.
Earlier jüri Ratas said that Russia’s actions in Crimea, in Eastern Ukraine, parts of Georgia and Moldova pose serious challenges for Estonia and its allies.