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Baltic countries get nervous and ask EU to develop backup plan against Russia

Europe has to have a backup plan that will provide not only new sanctions against Russia. It was stated by President of Estonia Toomas Ilves Hendrick.

Baltic countries get nervous and ask EU to develop backup plan against Russia

Speaking at a forum in Brussels, Estonian President Toomas Ilves Hendrick said that one could expect anything from the Russian Federation. And if new sanctions against Russian aggression do not stop Putin, EU countries should have a backup plan, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Postimees.

"As for the Ukrainian crisis, it's about security of the entire Europe rather than of a separate nation. In this connection, Europe must take a clear point of view, show its determination and strength. We are now discussing whether to arm Ukraine or step up sanctions against Russia. If it is decided not to do any of these things, does Europe have Plan B?" said Ilves.

Speaking of security in the Baltic region, Ilves said that the country should allocate 2% of GDP to defense, as Estonia does.

As it was reported, on Thursday the EU countries decided to extend economic sanctions against Russia until the end of 2015. The main condition for easing the sanctions is fulfillment of the Minsk Agreement.