The Estonian Foreign Minister, Sven Mikser, called on the European Union to strengthen sanctions should the situation in Ukraine continue to deteriorate, as he stated in an interview with Interfax.
"The situation in Avdiivka is very serious and should be internationally condemned. The international community must be ready to respond," Mikser stated.
According to him, the best way to influence Russia is through the strengthening of sanctions. "We are convinced that sanctions have the ability to influence and moderate Russia’s ambitions; this influence should not be underestimated," the Estonian Foreign Minister believes.
"When we see no readiness on the part of Moscow to implement the Minsk Agreements, and on the contrary, we see movement in the opposite direction, it should not be underestimated," the Foreign Minister said.
As the Minister stressed, "the lifting of sanctions imposed against the aggressor depend on whether the aggressor has paid for damages and fulfilled its responsibilities. This is Estonia’s position, it is unchanged."