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Foreign minister Urmas Paet will discuss the situation in Ukraine and restrictive measures against Russia with EU foreign ministers tomorrow

17.03.2014

Foreign minister Urmas Paet will participate in the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels tomorrow. At the meeting, European Union foreign ministers will discuss the latest events in Ukraine and the adoption of new restrictive measures against Russia.

Estonia considers the so-called referendum being carried out today in Crimea on whether to join the Russian Federation to be illegal and does not recognise its legitimacy. According to foreign minister Urmas Paet, Russia must immediately put an end to the steps initiated to join Crimea with Russia, as well as to the use of its troops on the territory of a neighbouring country. "Such action is illegal and in violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as international law, including the UN Charter and OSCE Helsinki Final Act," Paet said.

Foreign minister Paet will participate in a meeting of the Friends of Ukraine tomorrow in Brussels, which will be attended by the foreign ministers of the EU's member states and Ukraine's foreign minister.

 

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