Kremlin: EU 'political blackmail' bound to fail ({{commentsTotal}})

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called the extension of EU sanctions against the country by another six months political blackmail, adding that it will not make Russia give up its position.

The statement by the ministry said the EU should accept that the Crimean peninsular, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, is now part of Russia, adding that that will not change through “economic and political blackmail”.

The sanctions are geared towards Crimea, banning imports from the area and investments by the EU citizens into Crimea. The sanctions also ban any ship flying a EU flag from docking at any port on the peninsular.

The EU sanctions were extended until the end of January, 2016. A second round of sanctions, implemented against Russia for its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, was also extended until the end of January.

Editor: J.M. Laats

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.