At the meeting on Friday 3 February, the Commission on foreign Affairs of the Estonian Parliament decided to toughen its stance against the Russian Federation in connection with the aggravated situation in the East of Ukraine.
This is stated in the relevant decision of the parliamentary Commission, reports «Interfax-Ukraine».
«In the unanimously approved motion at the position of Estonia at the meeting of the EU Council on foreign Affairs, which will be held on February 6, added that Estonia condemns the escalation of military activities in Eastern Ukraine. EU sanctions against Russia should remain in force until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Estonia believes that in the event of further military escalation, the sanctions should be strengthened», — said in the decision.
It also notes that «Estonia supports the idea of toughening the EU’s policy on non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea.»
«The positions of Estonia reflect our attitude to the events of recent days in Eastern Ukraine. Whether there will be sanctions against Russia in force, depends on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Unfortunately, we see a sharp deterioration of the situation. In the result of heightened military conflict in recent days has killed dozens of people, hundreds were wounded. It is therefore important that the European Union expressed full support for Ukraine», — said the Chairman of the foreign Affairs Commission Marko Mihkelson.
In the Commission’s opinion, Ukraine has made important steps to reform the state, its people and government «have clearly expressed their desire to integrate into the EU».
«Therefore, Estonia supports the introduction of visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU, as well as the final ratification and entry into force of the agreement on Association», — said in a statement.
Estonia supports the efforts and successes of Ukraine in the field of state reform and continues to support Ukraine both bilaterally and through international organizations, said the Commission’s decision.
«Estonia also encourages Ukraine to take resolute measures against corruption, including to strengthen the institutions established to combat corruption and to reform the judicial system. An important role in the implementation of reforms played an active and competent Ukrainian civil society. Estonia calls on the government of Ukraine is continuing to work closely with civil society,» — the document says.
As previously reported, at the meeting of the UN Security Council, which discussed the escalation in the Donbass, the representatives of the countries of Europe urged Russia to stop arming militants and to begin to implement the Minsk agreements. Permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko stressed that the escalation of the conflict in the East of Ukraine and the artificial creation of humanitarian catastrophe is a war crime evidence according to which Ukraine intends to convey to the international court of justice.
Estonia called for tougher sanctions against Russia in case of further escalation in the Ukrainian Donbass 03.02.2017