Estonian PM proposes extending sanctions against Russia

The Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Roivas, expressed his support for extending the anti-Russian sanctions policy at the meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, that took place on Tuesday in New York, Interfax reported.

”It is extremely important that the international community remembers Russia’s attempts to publicly participate in resolving the conflict in Syria while it didn’t make a single step to withdraw from Ukraine,” Roivas said.

“We can’t talk about normal relations with Russia and we have to extend the sanctions policy against this country until the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented,” he added.

The Prime Minister stressed that the United Nations has an important role in mitigating the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as the resolution of Syrian conflict.

According to him, Estonia, which intends to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2020-2021, is ready to talk more actively about issues of world security and contribute its experience to the work of the Security Council.

In 2015, Estonia submitted its candidacy for non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council for 2020-2021. Last week, the government allocated €1 million to cover the costs connected with the achievement of this goal.

  Estonia, Russia, Sanctions