14:37 08.02.2017

Ukrainian issue can't be dependent on other problems solution - Estonian FM

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Ukrainian issue can't be dependent on other problems solution - Estonian FM

The decision of the Ukrainian crisis can not be made dependent on the decisions of other international problems, and it is a separate issue, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia Sven Mikser said.

"It can not be linked to other problems. What are these problems like? We heard the statements that it would be possible to link the Ukrainian issue to the Russia's participation in the fight against international terrorism, or, for example, with a nuclear theme," the foreign minister said in an interview with Interfax.

According to him, "Estonia and the European Union's positions are clear: the Ukrainian issue is a separate issue."

"The territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine is the theme on which you can not retreat one step back from. You can't move away from the already agreed cooperation," the minister said.

He expressed confidence that the U.S. administration will stick to the same position under President Donald Trump.

"The position of Estonia and the EU has been and remains fundamental and foundational. The U.S. administration shared it until now. The EU and the U.S. had similar positions in relation to Ukraine. And if we listen to the new U.S. ambassador to the UN, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, we can see that the U.S. attitude won't dramatically change," the foreign minister said.

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