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Impossible to lift sanctions from Russia until sovereignty of Ukraine restored – Estonian official

Impossible to lift sanctions from Russia until sovereignty of Ukraine restored – Estonian officialSecretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov at a meeting with Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau on National Security and Defense of Estonia Christian Prikk discussed bilateral relations in the security and defense area, the Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration.

"At the meeting the parties discussed issues of cooperation between our countries in the sphere of security and defense. The interlocutors also exchanged their views concerning the hybrid war, which the Russian Federation wages on Ukraine and Europe, and discussed issues regarding continuation of sanctions against Russia," the press service of the NSDC reported on Tuesday.

Turchynov said that sanctions are not a present to Ukraine but, "primarily, Europe's capability to defend itself from Russian aggression and from that disregard of international law, demonstrated by Russian leadership".

In turn, Prikk said that "Estonia's position is that it is impossible to lift sanctions from the Russian Federation until the State Sovereignty of Ukraine is restored".

"Ukraine may rely on the support of Estonia on its way to the European Union," he said.

Turchynov said that there is no alternative of European and Euro-Atlantic integration for Ukraine.

"The example of the Baltic states is the example that Ukraine is to follow on the way to Europe," he said.
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