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Statement by the Foreign Minister in relation to the situation in Ukraine

03.02.2017

“We are deeply concerned about the escalating military action in Avdiivka, East Ukraine from 29th January onwards,” Foreign Minister said in his statement. “We also condemn the use of Grad missiles in densely populated areas by the Russian-backed separatists which has resulted in civilian victims,” he added. The Foreign Minister emphasised that according to the Minsk agreements, Grad systems ought to have been withdrawn from the line of contact.

“We urge the conflict parties to end exchange of fire without delay. Escalation of military action is a clear violation of the Minsk agreements, and therefore the West must continue pursuing a principled policy including the sanctions imposed on Russia,” the Foreign Minister said. According to Mikser, this topic definitely needs to be addressed at Monday’s meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU.

On 5th February, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will take part in a meeting of the Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers in Brussels, in the framework of which the ministers will discuss the situation with Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

Sandra Kamilova
Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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press@mfa.ee
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