In a phone call on the evening of 25 June, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu talked to the Foreign Minister of Georgia David Zalkaliani. They mostly discussed the vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Russia’s possible return to the Assembly. Reinsalu expressed Estonia’s unwavering support for Georgia.
“Estonia stands with you during these kinds of bad decisions. The violations of international law and human rights committed by Russia in the occupied territories of Georgia clearly contradict the principles of the Council of Europe; it is our duty to firmly block Russia’s aggression in Georgia,” Reinsalu said. He reaffirmed his support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
The ministers also touched upon the demonstrations in Tbilisi. Reinsalu welcomed the fact that an investigation has been launched into the violence used in the demonstration of 21 June. The Foreign Minister stressed that the only solution was to engage in all-inclusive political dialogue. He expressed hope that the parties would act peacefully and in line with the broader interests of Georgia.
Reinsalu also condemned restrictive measures that Russia has imposed in an attempt to exert economic pressure on Georgia.
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