State Secretary Štucin in Tallinn for consultations
State Secretary Marko Štucin held consultations with Secretary General of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jonatan Vseviov and Undersecretary for Political Affairs Kyllike Sillaste-Elling in Tallinn. In addition to bilateral relations, the talks focused on current issues at the EU and international levels, including the war in Ukraine.
State Secretary Štucin stressed the importance of intensifying political dialogue and called for strengthening bilateral cooperation. Both sides exchanged views on the current situation in Ukraine and advocated continued support for the country, stressing the need to hold the Russian regime accountable for the crimes committed. In this context, State Secretary Štucin introduced the MLA conference that will be organised by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Ljubljana from 15 to 26 May. The conference is expected to adopt the Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of the Crime of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and other International Crimes, which would significantly strengthen the mechanisms of international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of the most serious crimes.
The talks also focused on the current situation in the Western Balkans, with State Secretary Štucin stressing the importance of the EU's efforts and underlining that "Slovenia advocates an enlargement policy towards the Western Balkan countries as a way of ensuring stability in the region”. Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations were also discussed.
The State Secretary and his Estonian hosts later discussed other topical issues, including the EU's decision-making on the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and touched on migration, advocating the search for comprehensive solutions at the EU level. They also exchanged views on broader security issues in the context of preparations for the NATO Summit in July.