Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said until there are visible results in the Ukraine peace process, there will be no talks on shifting sanctions against Russia.
“I would like to acknowledge the efforts and perseverance of the leaders of Germany and France. Our task is to restore the peaceful coexistence in Europe, which has been shaken this past year. The achievements in Minsk represent an important yet fragile step in this direction,” Ilves said today.
“The real values of an agreement can only be tested upon its implementation. Today, we maintain the hope that the military activities that have destroyed thousands of lives and forced hundreds of thousands of people to abandon their homes will be stopped. I do hope that the ceasefire in Ukraine will become and remain a reality. This is what the people of Donetsk and Luhansk look forward to, together with people throughout all of Europe.” he said.
Russian aggression has violated the principles of international law – the integrity of borders and the ban on force in international talks, Ilves said, adding that Estonia will continue to support Ukraine's attempts to restore peace and guarantee its own independence.
He said there will be no talk of loosening sanctions against Russia until there is visible progress – the removal of Russian weapons from Ukraine and the nation restoring control over its borders and territory, Ilves added.
“The Ukrainian people through their courage, willingness to fight back and resolve set an example for all of those who value freedom, democracy and every country's right to decide upon its chosen policies and allies,“ said Ilves.
Editor: J.M. Laats