(MENAFN - UkrinForm) At the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Monday, June 17, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu called for the extension of sanctions against Russia.
"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," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia states in areport .
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 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.
As known, the European Union in July 2014 introduced economic sanctions against Russia for the illegal annexation of Crimea and actions destabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions were strengthened in September 2014.
In March 2015, the European Council linked the effect of restrictive measures with Russia's failure to comply with the Minsk agreements. Since then, the EU has been considering the extension of economic sanctions against Russia every six months.