The Parliament of Estonia, a NATO member, has recently called for other United Nations (UN) members to back a no-fly zone over the nation of Ukraine. The call from Parliament makes the first from a NATO member to openly call for a no-fly zone ever since Russia launched its onslaught onto Ukraine in late February.
According to Estonia’s Parliament, fully support is allocated “to the defenders and the people of the state of Ukraine in their fight against the Russian Federation,” which it blasts as “a criminal war.”
Furthermore, the Estonian Parliament also calls for “showing absolute support to Ukraine in its war for maintaining its freedom, sovereignty, and territorial integrity,” as reported by Fox News.
On Monday, the Estonian Parliament also declared that Putin’s completely unprovoked attack, aggression, and military activities in Ukraine “constitute a crime against peace,” one that is endowed “with no statute of limitations.”
“All war crimes that have been committed will have to be punished,” the Estonian Parliament added ominously.
In addition to its calls for a no-fly zone, Estonia has also called for large-scale trade embargoes, which are harsher economic punishments relative to sanctions.
The Estonian Parliament not only calls on trade embargoes for Russia, but also for brazen Russian ally Belarus, as these embargoes are intended to severely restrict both nations’ abilities to wage ongoing warfare.
“The Riigikogu calls on states to close their airspace and ports to the aircraft and ships of [Russia],” the Estonian Parliament declared, while simultaneously calling for the removal of Russia from Council of Europe, as well as the adoption of “a relevant decision immediately.”
The Estonian Parliament also urged other European nations to accept Ukraine as part of the European Union (EU), as well as to provide Ukraine with a “roadmap to membership in NATO.”
Estonia’s pleas emerge after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, openly pleaded for the United States and other Western allies to institute a no-fly zone over the entirety of Ukraine.
However, President Biden, along with other NATO member states, has declared that a no-fly zone would intensify the conflict with Russia and Ukraine, not to mention place the United States and other NATO nations into direct confrontation with Putin.