Estonia has proposed to strengthen sanctions against Russia if the escalation in the Donbass


RIA Novosti

The Commission on foreign Affairs of the Estonian Parliament before the meeting of the EU Council on foreign Affairs, which will be held on February 6, has proposed to tighten sanctions against Russia in case of further escalation of the situation in the Donbass, said Friday the press service of the Supreme legislative body of the Republic.

“According to the unanimous proposal of the Commission for foreign Affairs, to the position of Estonia at the meeting of the EU Council was added that Estonia condemns the escalation of the military confrontation in Eastern Ukraine. EU sanctions against Russia should remain in force until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Estonia believes that, in the event of further military escalation, the sanctions should be strengthened”, — stated in the message.

According to the Chairman of the Commission Marco Mihkelson, Estonia’s position reflects the attitude to the events of recent days in Eastern Ukraine. “Whether there will be sanctions against Russia in force, depends on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Unfortunately, we see a sharp deterioration of the situation”, — said the MP.

Earlier, the militias and the Ukrainian law enforcers said about the worsening situation in the Donbass. The parties to the conflict accuse each other to increase the intensity of attacks and attempts of attack on the line of contact in the region of Donetsk. The Ukrainian authorities have declared a state of emergency under the control of the security forces of the town, located in the suburbs of Donetsk, as city residents left without water, heat and light. According to the OSCE mission, a difficult situation has also developed in controlled by the militia of Yasinovataya, which is located near Donetsk.

In the Ministry of defense of Ukraine stated that “the meter by meter, step by step, having the opportunity, our boys heroically moved it forward.” Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called it a de facto confirmation of the fact that APUS are offensive, which undermined the regime of the Minsk agreements.

Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine’s Affairs. Russia denies it and calls such accusations unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is not privy to the events in the South-East, is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.