Foreign affairs, natl defense committees briefed on Polish missile incident

  • 2022-11-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Members of the foreign affairs committee and the national defense committee of the Riigikogu on Wednesday received an overview of the incident involving a Russian-made missile in Poland the day before and the latest developments in Ukraine, where Russia continues to brutally destroy the civilian infrastructure.

The members of the committees confirmed that Estonia supports its NATO ally Poland, which is conducting an investigation to find out the details of what happened, the press service of the Riigikogu said.

"The international community has been shocked by the missile incident in Poland yesterday in which two people were killed. At the same time, the largest ever Russian missile attack on Ukraine's energy infrastructure and civilian sites took place. This is a clear act of terror, as a result of which millions of ordinary Ukrainians are suffering. Behind it all is the Russian war of aggression, and war crimes must not go unpunished," the chairman of the foreign affairs committee, Andres Sutt, said.

"At today's meeting, we were assured that Estonia's security is guaranteed and we can say that there is no imminent military threat to Estonia at the moment," the minister added.

Raimond Kaljulaid, the chairman of the national defense committee, said that not all the circumstances of the incident have yet been fully clarified. He called to wait until the official positions of Poland have been made public.

"Estonia definitely supports our important ally Poland, we have confirmed this very clearly to Poland. Our military and political support for Ukraine is also unchanged. We will continue to support Ukraine," he said.

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, who took part in the meeting of the standing committees of the Riigikogu, confirmed that cooperation and information exchange with NATO allies is close and that Estonia supports Poland in every way. Estonia will take possible further steps based on the results of the investigation of the incident and Poland's decisions and needs, he added.