Today, 18 March, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser attended a session of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union at which the post-election situation in Moldova and relations between the European Union and China were discussed. Prior to the session, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini made a statement on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea.
“A number of issues were raised during today’s discussion of China-EU relations and at our lunch meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, including trade, security and human rights,” Minister Mikser said. “To Estonia it’s important that we maintain a dialogue with China on issues of digital security and Internet freedom so as to ensure an open, secure and stable cyber space that’s available to all. But we also have to familiarise ourselves with the risks that come with that and coordinate activities arising from the use of Chinese technology and related investments.” He added that in trade relations between the European Union and China it is very important to follow open market and sustainable development principles and the rules of the World Trade Organisation.
Speaking about the situation in Moldova following its recent elections, Minister Mikser said that Estonia and the European Union as a whole value the contribution that Moldova has made so far to boosting cooperation in a number of areas, including energy and infrastructure projects and enterprise and education matters. “Estonia has been supporting Moldova via development cooperation projects since 2000, and in doing so we’ve helped to improve the quality of health care services and medical assistance in the country, we’ve promoted small business in regional areas and we’ve had a hand in boosting the state’s IT capabilities,” he explained. “We hope all of that will continue under the new Moldovan government. It’s important that we share the same values and principles of the rule of law and support civic society and media freedom. And through the Eastern Partnership we can create even stronger ties by drawing Moldova closer to the EU.”
After the session Minister Mikser made his own statement on the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. “Exactly five years ago today the Russian Federation illegally annexed the Crimean peninsula, violating international law and the will of the Ukrainian people in doing so,” he said. “That step represents a serious threat to security throughout Europe and to international legal order. For this reason the European Union is continuing to implement its policy of non-recognition, including adding to its restrictive measures.”
Foreign Minister Sven Mikser’s statement: https://vm.ee/et/uudised/valisminister-mikser-eesti-jaoks-ja-jaab-krimm-...
Joint statement of the European Union on Crimea: https://europa.eu/!RR66cC
EU press release on additions to list of sanctions (15 March 2019): https://europa.eu/!yk34Kn
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