Estonian parliament considers withdrawing from Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty

A group of Estonian parliamentarians has introduced a bill to withdraw Estonia from the Ottawa Mine Ban Convention, arguing that the agreement undermines the country’s defense capability.

The deputies believe that the Ottawa agreement is no longer applicable because of the tasks facing Estonia and its need to increase its defense capability in the light of the aggravation of the situation in the region.

Estonian Ministry of Defense spokesman Thomas Mill confirmed that this issue has important aspects of international and national defense and that the ministry will evaluate the project in coordination with the army headquarters, but indicated that this is not necessary. cancel the contract now.

It is noteworthy that the Ottawa Convention was signed on December 3, 1997 in Canada, and entered into force on March 1, 1999, 163 countries ratified it, and Estonia joined it in March 2004.

Source: RIA Novosti

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