There are no grounds for lifting EU sanctions from Russia - Estonian FM

Estonia currently sees no grounds for lifting sanctions from Russia, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said.

Estonia currently sees no grounds for lifting sanctions from Russia, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said.

"The EU is united in its attitude to the illegal annexation of Crimea and has unanimously condemned it. The EU still supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Estonia as an EU member state fully shares these positions, as well as the sanctions on Russia," Kaljurand said in an interview with Interfax.

She said the EU decision-making process is based on a consensus, the point of view of every participant, regardless of whether the state is big or small, is taken into account, but no one can force his opinion on anyone. The EU states decide together, including on the policies on Russia and sanctions, the minister said.

"The illegal annexation of Crimea and the subsequent military intervention in eastern Ukraine are still affecting our relations. There are no grounds for their revision before the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, whose purpose is the restoration by Ukraine of control over its territory, including the state border," Kaljurand said.

The EU is expected to consider the issue of possible prolongation of the anti-Russia sanctions by six months in December.

The interview with Kaljurand will be published on the website www.interfax.ru on December 6.

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