Linas Linkevicius, the minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and Kate Pentus-Rozimannus, the minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, urged Europe to continue putting pressure on Russia, given the aggressive policy conducted by the Kremlin in Ukraine. The foreign ministers announced their position at the joint press conference in Vilnius on Wednesday, April 22, Tyzhden reports.
"We share the position regarding Ukraine and indeed require constant pressure and sanctions (against Russia – ed.) until the full implementation of all Minsk agreements. Despite the recent optimistic comments, we have to state that the situation is tense, and it is too early to talk about a breakthrough, since the ceasefire is violated every day and there are human losses," Linkevicius said.
Pentus-Rozimannus stressed that Russia must take responsibility for the events in Ukraine.
"Actually, we should not call it a crisis in Ukraine, because it is Russian aggression in Ukraine. It is the problem. And we share a common position that the Minsk agreements should be fully implemented. We continue to insist that Russia must be put under pressure so that it fully performs its obligations," said the Estonian minister.
Earlier, we reported that Ukrainian President Poroshenko paid an official visit to France and urged the country to expedite ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.