TALLINN - Secretary General of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jonatan Vseviov met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Faruk Kaymakci in Turkey on Monday to discuss preparations for the NATO summit in Madrid and standing up to Russia's aggression.
Vseviov stressed that there can be no return to normal when it came to relations with Russia. The meeting covered the extensive and long-term impact of the aggression against Ukraine on European security in the north as well as the south. They also spoke about the need to ensure the preservation of the fundamental principles of international security, including the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.
"Together with our allies we must make sure everyone understands that aggression never pays and this is why we call on all allies to align with the sanctions against Russia and offer every assistance to Ukraine," Vseviov added.
The meeting included talks on strengthening NATO's collective defense and the necessary decisions from the Madrid summit. The secretary general said he appreciated Turkey's contribution to the security of the alliance.
"However, in the changed security situation, we must reinforce the defense and deterrence posture of NATO's eastern flank," Vseviov said.
Touching on the subject of NATO enlargement, they spoke in depth about Turkey's expectations for addressing its security concerns. They noted that continued intensive dialogue with allies as well as Finland and Sweden was needed to provide all allies with the necessary certainty for making a decision on enlargement.
They also spoke about the relations of the European Union and Turkey. Vseviov reaffirmed Estonia's support for Turkey's European Union ambitions and called for reducing regional tensions, especially in the current difficult security situation that requires unity among allies.