The new Estonian government will advocate for tougher anti-Russian sanctions in the EU

Estonian Government House - 1920, 04/08/2023

CC BY-SA 3.0 / Ivar Leidus / Stenbock house, built in 1792 Estonian Government House

HELSINKI, 8 Apr – The ruling coalition’s Reform Party led by Prime Minister Kai Kallas, the Social Democratic Party and the Estonia 200 party approved a coalition agreement on Saturday that calls for tougher sanctions against Russia, state broadcaster ERR reported.

“Estonia will advocate tougher sanctions against Russia in the European Union and support Ukraine economically, politically and militarily, advocating its admission to NATO, as well as supporting the early start of negotiations on the accession of Ukraine and Moldova to the EU,” ERR quotes a fragment of the document.

The coalition agreement also notes that in the field of foreign policy, Estonia will support the further expansion of the European Union and NATO, as well as develop comprehensive cooperation with the United States as a strategic partner. In addition, Estonia pledges to actively contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine and ensure that confiscated Russian assets can be used to restore Ukraine.

The reformist party, led by Prime Minister Kallas, confidently won the Estonian parliamentary elections on March 5, winning 37 seats in the 101-seat parliament. The reformists invited the Social Democratic Party (9 seats) and the Estonia 200 Party (14 seats) to the new ruling coalition. The coalition will have 60 seats in the new parliament.

The new government will include 13 ministers. The leader of the reformists, Kallas, will again become prime minister. Ministerial posts will be distributed proportionally. The reformist party, in addition to the post of prime minister, will receive six seats in the government. The Social Democrats and Estonia 200 each have three ministerial portfolios.

All parties in the ruling coalition have similar positions on foreign policy, defense and security issues. They support the presence of NATO troops on the territory of the republic and in the Baltic region, condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine, and advocate the continuation of anti-Russian sanctions.

The West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia in connection with the Russian military operation in Ukraine, many European companies left the Russian market. Since February last year, the European Union has already put into effect ten packages of sanctions against Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously stated that the policy of containment and weakening of Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy.

According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that the country will cope with the sanctions pressure that the West began to exert on Russia several years ago and continues to increase.

Moscow noted that the West lacks the courage to acknowledge the failure of sanctions against the Russian Federation. In the Western countries themselves, opinions have been heard more than once that anti-Russian sanctions are ineffective and hit the West harder, and not the Russian Federation.

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