Russia targeting all Western democracies, says Estonia FM

  • 2014-11-19
  • From wire reports, TALLINN

Latvia FM meets with his Estonian counterpart Keit Pentus-Rosimannus in Riga on Wednesday (photo: creative commons)

Russia's activities in Ukraine are targeted against all Western democracies and not just the Baltic states, Estonia's new foreign minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus has said.

"Russia's aggression is obvious, but in this context it is important to understand that Russia's activities are targeted at not just Latvia and Estonia, but the democratic values of the entire West," said Pentus-Rosimannus adding that it was important for the Baltic countries to keep a cool head.

The European Union, on the other hand, should be firm in its relations with Russia, the foreign minister claimed. The Estonian minister previously said that additional sanctions were necessary to make Russia change its course.

The comments come after the new foreign minister met with her Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics in Riga on Wednesday.

Russian, meanwhile, has denied any of its troops are inside the Ukraine. Moscow has slammed NATO policy for being targeted against Russia and has sought assurances from the alliance it would not allow Ukraine to join NATO.