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Reinsalu called on his EU colleagues to extend sanctions on Russia
At the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg yesterday, 17 June, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu called on the foreign ministers of the European Union to extend sanctions imposed on Russia from six months to twelve months, and supplement the list of individuals under sanctions.
According to Reinsalu, Russia’s recent decision to expedite the application for Russian citizenship for residents of Ukraine demonstrates that Russia has no intention of implementing the Minsk agreements. The European Union must be ready to react to such provocations in a rapid, strong and clear manner.
The EU’s policy of unity and solidarity towards Russia must not be eroded and signals should be carefully considered. The Foreign Minister highlighted the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, where a large section of members are also members of the European Union. “The recent call of the Committee of Ministers to restore Russia’s voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is a regrettable signal,” the Foreign Minister stressed.