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 Estonia to vote for maintaining EU sanctions against Russia, - Prime Minister Ratas

Estonia, as part of the European Union, will vote for extension of sanctions against Russia.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was stated by Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas.

According to Ratas, all coalition partners would like to build relations with Russia.

The prime minister said Russia is Estonia's neighbor just like Latvia or Finland, but Estonia is a member of the European Union, and 'everyone is aware of' the current relations between the EU and Russia.

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The prime minister confirmed his intention to vote for the renewal of sanctions against Russia noting that Estonia was an extremely stable partner of the EU. According to him, Estonia will vote for the extension of sanctions so that the European Union continued its existence.

The official said that many Estonian companies sought to operate in Russia's immense market, but Estonia's position was adopted together with the EU and such partners as Finland. He explained that Estonia no longer had such close economic ties with Russia as before.

According to Ratas, sanctions impact all the European countries but it is not as critical as the fact that the European governments are acting within the framework of the international law.

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Earlier, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said Estonia supported maintaining sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk arrangements and international obligations.
   
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