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Estonian and Finnish Speakers discussed bilateral and international relations

NordenBladet — President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas discussed bilateral relations with Finland, regional security and political situation in East Europe with Speaker of Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland) Anu Vehviläinen at a video conference today.

“If you live in such a geographical location as Estonia and Finland, who have a common eastern neighbour that behaves unpredictably, then the security issues are especially important,” Põlluaas said. In his opinion, it cannot be considered normal that even now, there is a war going on in the middle of Europe and a part of Ukraine is occupied.

At the video conference, the human rights situation in Belarus and the conflict that had broken out in Nagorno-Karabakh region were spoken about. Põlluaas underlined that, at the international level, it was very important for the Western countries to follow common sanctions policy and to cooperate in international organisations.

Põlluaas and Vehviläinen shared information and experiences of the work of their parliaments during the corona crisis. Põlluaas told his colleague about the possibilities of conducting telesittings of the Riigikogu and gave an overview of important bills that were being debated. The political situation and the coming elections in Estonia and Finland were also discussed.

Põlluaas congratulated his colleague on her appointment to office and invited her to visit Estonia when the corona threat was over. Vehviläinen has been the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland since June.


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