Russia-Ukraine: the Parliament of Estonia, a NATO country, calls for the “immediate” creation of a no-fly zone

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Estonia’s parliament on Monday called on UN member states to ‘take immediate steps to establish a no-fly zone’ over Ukraine to avoid further civilian casualties as the war on multiple fronts of Russia against the country is raging.

Estonia is the first NATO member country to officially call for a no-fly zone as part of the ongoing Russian invasion.

“The Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) expresses its support for the defenders and people of the Ukrainian state in their fight against the Russian Federation which has launched a criminal war, and calls for showing absolute support to Ukraine in its war for the maintenance of its freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Estonian parliament said in a statement on Monday.

Estonia’s parliament said it “stressed” that “Russia’s unprovoked aggression and military activities constitute a crime against peace without a statute of limitations, and all war crimes that have been committed shall be punished “.

“The Riigikogu calls on UN member states to take immediate action to establish a no-fly zone to prevent mass civilian casualties in Ukraine,” the body said. “The Riigikogu urges all national parliaments to adopt statements calling on their governments to support the imposition of additional sanctions against the Russian Federation as well as the Republic of Belarus which is participating in the aggression.”

The Estonian parliament also called for “the immediate imposition of a comprehensive trade embargo on the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, which would limit the ability of aggressor states to wage war”.

“The Riigikogu calls on states to close their airspace and ports to aircraft and ships of the Russian Federation,” the body said, calling on “members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to vote for the exclusion of the Russian Federation from membership”. of the Council of Europe, and calls on member states to immediately adopt a relevant decision.”

“The Riigikogu calls on member states to support Ukraine’s formal application for EU candidate status and calls for granting Ukraine a roadmap for NATO membership,” they said. they wrote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pleaded with the United States and Western allies to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

Biden and NATO have ruled out a no-fly zone over Ukraine, saying implementing it would bring the United States and NATO into direct confrontation with Russia and widen the conflict.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, so it is not subject to the provision of Article V of the NATO alliance which states that when a member country is attacked, all countries members will take action to help.

Fox News’ Nana Sajaia contributed to this report.


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