Kaljurand: even little progress in Minsk will be positive ({{commentsTotal}})

Marina Kaljurand. Source: Postimees/Scanpix

Even if a breakthrough at today's Minsk talks between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, is unlikely, negotiations must continue, Marina Kaljurand, former Estonian ambassador to the United States and to Russia, said.

Kaljurand, currently a Foreign Ministry undersecretary, told ETV's "Välisilm“ program on Tuesday that it would be hard to predict an outcome. "It is clear that nothing surprising or surprisingly positive will come. It would be good if even a little positive happened“

But she expressed positivity regarding the fact that the sides were talking.

Based on Russian President Vladimir Putin's words, Putin wants to restore Russia's status in the international arena and turn the nation into a major power again, Kaljurand said. She added that Putin was unlikely to allow Ukraine to move towards Europe very easily.

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