President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia Kaja Kallas who is on an official visit to our country.
The President thanked the Estonian side for its continued support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, in particular in the context of Estonia's non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.
"I know that yesterday you were in Donbas, in particular at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint and the Shchastya checkpoint. I thank you for this, both from myself and from all citizens of Ukraine. It is important for me that the leaders of other countries come and see with their own eyes the situation in Donbas, see our attitude to the citizens living in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
He also thanked Estonia for its continued assistance in the medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian servicemen and for the allocation of 500,000 euros in humanitarian aid to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The President of Ukraine noted the readiness of the Estonian side to join the cooperation in the framework of the Crimean Platform Summit in Kyiv on August 23, 2021.
For her part, Kaja Kallas thanked Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the warm welcome. "Ukraine is always in the heart of the Estonian people. And we always try our best to support Ukraine within all possible platforms - the European Union, NATO, the UN," she said.
The interlocutors paid special attention to Ukraine's priority steps towards deepening relations with the European Union. Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed Ukraine's strategic goal of gaining full membership in the EU and thanked Estonia for its traditionally active support in achieving this ambitious task.
Following the talks, the President of Ukraine and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia signed a Joint Statement on priority areas of bilateral cooperation. The document separately fixes Estonia's readiness to support Ukraine's future accession to the EU and its willingness to assist our country in achieving the membership criteria.