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Reinsalu: the EU must expand sanctions on Russia due to its actions in Ukraine

13. May 2019 - 17:54

Today Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, and called for a strong response to Russian actions in Ukraine.

“The European Union must stand together for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” Reinsalu emphasised in his statement. “Russia’s provocative actions in Ukraine speak for themselves. Russia’s recent law for expediting the application for Russian citizenship for Ukrainians living in the temporarily occupied territories in eastern Ukraine is another proof of their lack of interest in moving towards implementing the Minsk agreements,” the Foreign Minister said.

“A strong, rapid and clear response from the European Union to Russia’s actions in Ukraine is extremely important at this moment. Aggressors must face consequences,” the Foreign Minister said. “We must find ways to respond with tangible steps. The EU should not recognise the passports issued by Russia in Ukraine, and in light of recent events, the expansion of sanctions should also be taken into consideration,” he said.

The EU foreign ministers also discussed recent developments in Venezuela, issues related to Iran, the situation in Libya and the Sahel region.


Additional information:
Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
+372 5667 5362

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