Europe reaffirms support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity in UN Security Council

  • 2020-02-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - On Tuesday, a briefing was held at the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine and the Minsk agreements, at which European Union members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

On Estonia's initiative, Estonia, Belgium, France and Germany, as well as former elected member Poland made a joint statement after the briefing, affirming full support to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and condemning the illegal annexation of Crimea, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The statement was read out by Estonia's Permanent Representative to the UN Sven Jurgenson.

According to the statement, Russia has a particular responsibility to end its financial and military aid to and control of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk and Luhansk.

"By the use of force against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, Russia is clearly violating the fundamental principles of international law," the statement says.

The full implementation of the Minsk agreements and political dialogue are crucial for the resolution of the conflict. Unfortunately, Russia has violated the Minsk agreements since their inception on a regular basis.

In a statement made on behalf of Estonia, Jurgenson reiterated the strong condemnation by Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu of yesterday's attack by Russia-backed forces near Zolote in the Luhansk oblast.

"It is a grave violation of the Minsk agreements and an unfortunate display of Russia disregarding its recommitment to the ceasefire during the Paris meeting," Jürgenson said. He added that this was only a chapter in a conflict that has continued for the past 6 years, and expressed concern over the 3.4 million people in eastern Ukraine still in need of humanitarian aid. 

Rosemary DiCarlo, the under-secretary-general for political affairs at the UN, briefed the Security Council members on the situation in Ukraine. At the suggestion of Estonia and other European Union members of the Security Council, representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission outlined the humanitarian situation in Donbas. 

As a member of the UN Security Council Estonia has committed itself to being the persistent voice that keeps the Security Council focused on events in Ukraine in various ways. One of the foundations of our membership is the consistent adherence to a policy of non-recognition when it comes to illegal occupations and annexations.