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    Estonia Sees No Progress in Political Settlement of Ukrainian Crisis

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    Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said Tuesday she sees no progress in the process of political settlement in the Ukrainian crisis-torn region of Donbass.

    TALLINN (Sputnik) — "Despite the fact that there were certain signs of progress in the political settlement [of the Ukraine crisis], today it is clear that optimism at that time was groundless. There is no advancement and there is no reason to believe that Russia wishes to find a compromise," Kaljurand said in an article published in the Postimees newspaper.

    In April 2014, Kiev authorities launched a military operation to suppress independence militia in Donbass. In February 2015, the two sides reached a ceasefire deal after talks brokered by the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine – the so-called Normandy Format — in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

    The crisis in Ukraine had a negative effect on the relations between Russia and the West. Brussels, Washington and their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions since Crimea reunified with Russia in 2014 and over Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.


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