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Estonian Vseviov at Bled Strategic Forum: Russia’s war of conquest must end in Ukraine

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Republic of Slovenia

On 28 and 29 August, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jonatan Vseviov attended the Bled Strategic Forum’s discussion “New Security Architects: Who?” He also had bilateral meetings with the security adviser of the prime minister of Slovenia and the secretary of state of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The international order based on international law and rules, which we have been building since the Second World War, is in crisis. In a situation where Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has launched a war of aggression in Europe, we are all forced to face the weaknesses of international institutions and start a discussion on how to proceed. What is certain is that if we let the aggressor gain even the smallest victory from this war, we are also letting the aggressor shape the new security architecture,” Vseviov said.

The secretary general also met with Andrej Benedejčič, the Security Adviser of the prime minister of Slovenia, and Samuel Žbogar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The focus of the meetings was on the future of European security, the war of aggression unleashed by Russia in Ukraine, and bilateral relations. The secretary general underlined Estonia’s unwavering support to the continued integration of Balkan states with the European Union. “It is obvious that the war in Ukraine and especially its outcome will have an impact on all of Europe. Both in words and in deeds, Estonia and Slovenia are standing for making sure Russia’s war of conquest ends in Ukraine.”

Ahead of Slovenia’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 2024 and 2025, they also spoke about Estonia’s experiences as an elected member.

Tanel Sepp, the Director General of the Cyber Diplomacy Department of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also attended the Bled Strategic Forum, speaking at the panel “Building up Europe’s Cyber Resilience”.

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