PM Rules Out Bargaining with Terrorists ({{commentsTotal}})

Andrus Ansip
Andrus Ansip Source: Photo: ERR

Prime Minister Andrus Ansip backed the Foreign Minister's stance that paying ransom for the Estonian abductees in Lebanon is out of the question because the incentive would endanger other Europeans traveling in risky areas. 

"It is not customary for countries to even speculate over paying ransom. States do not negotiate with terrorists," Ansip told ETV.

Still, as Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet previously said, the Prime Minister did not rule out negotiations between a third party and the kidnappers. "In our hearts, we would all do our part, but if we started to organize a [rescue] fund, then all Estonians traveling in dangerous areas would have a price tag attached to them," said Ansip.

On April 6, the Movement of Rebirth and Reform requested ransom for the release of seven Estonians who were kidnapped in Lebanon on March 23. Allegedly, the Estonians are in good health. No further details were given about contacting the sender or the size of the sum desired for ransom.

 

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