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Ukraine should remain in the center of world's attention - Estonian DM

Nov 21, 2023

Ukraine should remain in the center of the world's attention, so that support for the country at war will not diminish.

This was stated by Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur, according to the Estonian media outlet ERR.

"We (Estonia and Canada - ed.) are united in our views on helping Ukraine - different crises cannot overshadow Russia's barbaric war crimes and take away our focus, attention, and effort in supporting Ukraine," Pevkur said during an official visit to Canada.

According to him, Russia's goal is to defeat Ukraine, and it remains unchanged. He added that Ukraine's victory plays a crucial role in shaping the Euro-Atlantic security environment for decades to come.

"Ukraine's supporters have political, economic, and military power in their hands that far exceeds that, which is available to Russia – if we use it correctly, we can defeat the aggressor," the Defense Minister said.

He also emphasized the need to invest in troops, military capabilities, stockpiles, and defense industry potential.

"Should the need arise, we will have to begin defending the alliance whether we are ready or not – in the latter case, however, we will have to pay a much higher price on the battlefield. This risk is mitigated by well-equipped, implementable, and tested defense plans and a high level of defense readiness, which in turn can only be ensured through increased defense investments across the Alliance. Estonia is setting a very good example," Pevkur added.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 21/11/2023

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