General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan
Poltorak stressed it at a press conference
during his visit to Estonia, October 7.
“Despite the escalation of situation in the
context of the Russian aggression Ukraine is still pursuing a policy
of peaceful settlement of the conflict in the east
of Ukraine. We observe the Minsk agreements and try to settle
it peacefully and politically,” the Minister said. “We realize that
we will not eventually achieve peace through war. We can achieve
it only in a peaceful and political way. Hence, global
assistance and support are very important for us. I would like
to assure you that Ukraine will firmly defend its independence and
democracy,” General Poltorak emphasized.
According to him, Ukraine praises Estonian assistance
and support such as training of the Ukrainian military
by Estonian instructors, experience exchange, as well
as rehabilitation of the Ukrainian soldiers in medical
establishments of Estonia.
"In our partnership it’s very important
for us that the Estonian party always supports us at diplomatic
level, particularly, concerning sanctions against Russian Federation," the
Ukrainian Defence Minister said.
In his turn, Minister of Defence of the
Republic of Estonia Mr Hannes Hanso stressed during a press conference that Ukraine
could count on the Estonian support.
“We see Ukraine in our friendly European family,”
As was reported, in the framework of a working visit
to the Republic of Estonia Minister of Defence of Ukraine
General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Minister of Defence
of the Republic of Estonia Mr Hannes Hanso during which the parties discussed the present and
prospects of development of defence cooperation between the two
The agenda of the visit also includes meetings with Commander
of the Estonian Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Riho Terras and government representatives. Moreover, the
Minister of Defence of Ukraine will meet with wounded Ukrainian soldiers
undergoing medical rehabilitation in Estonia.