The President emphasized the importance of Estonia’s consistent support for the sanctions policy against Russia, as well as the European integration course of our state.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky notes that Ukraine has received confirmation of participation in the implementation of the recovery plan from many states, but Estonia was the first to start implementing the project.
This is stated in a message on the website of the head of state.
It is noted that Zelensky held a meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu, who is in Ukraine on his first foreign visit.
The President thanked the Minister for this signal of solidarity with Ukraine. At the same time, he noted that there is no need to prove Estonian support, Ukrainians know about it and appreciate it.
“We are grateful for the support of our sovereignty, territorial integrity. Real support, not in words. Support with real steps,” Zelensky said.
He noted that during Reinsalu’s visit, a capsule was laid in the border town of Ovruch, Zhytomyr region, on the occasion of the start of construction of the first kindergarten as part of the Fast Recovery plan. This is the first of 15 shared infrastructure facilities that the Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration has handed over to the Estonian government to help rebuild the region.
“The whole restoration – we understand that this is a large amount, a lot of work and a long time, and the main work will be after the end of the war. But there is emergency assistance that is needed now, before the start of the school year, the educational process. This is construction, restoration schools and kindergartens, universities, as well as homes for internally displaced persons,” the president said.
He stated that Ukraine received confirmation of participation in the implementation of the restoration plan from many states, but Estonia was the first to undertake the implementation of the project.
“I would like to thank you for starting this process. For us, this is the first sign. We are grateful that the work began with your state. Thanks to the Estonian government and the Estonians,” the head of state added.
Zelensky separately recalled that this is not the only case when Estonia is the first to support Ukraine – it was one of the first states that supported Ukraine in the issue of providing weapons.
“This is the most important priority today on the battlefield. And this was especially felt at the very beginning of the war, when the world was not yet united by its help. But there were several countries that helped from the first day,” he said.
In addition, the President noted the importance for Ukraine of Estonia’s consistent support for the sanctions policy against the aggressor country, as well as the European integration course of our state.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said during a visit to Ukraine that his country would continue to provide Ukraine with military assistance and support its path to EU and NATO membership.