Estonian President calls for maintaining sanctions on Russia

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid expressed support for the continuation of sanctions against Russia at a meeting of the heads of the Baltic States with US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday in Munich.

“I emphasized that by attacking Ukraine, Russia has violated the principles of international law. Russia has no "special" right in Ukraine and shouldn't also have any special interests. Therefore, it is important for countries that think as we do to stand collectively for the continued implementation of the current sanctions,” the president’s press service told Interfax.

President Kaljulaid thanked the US vice president for a “strong speech” at the Munich Security Conference, highlighting his words that the US is an indispensable partner for Europe, especially in the field of security, where he said that the US would adhere to its commitments and share such common values as freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

”As for the role of NATO, we share a similar position as that of Vice President Pence – the Alliance represents deterrence and guarantees, along with obligations. The members states are required to fulfil the obligations they have taken, as this alone will keep NATO strong. Only the strong establish peace," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

  Estonia, Sanctions on Russia

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