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Ukraine's future will define architecture of European security for decades

The Estonian prime minister hails the successes of Ukraine in the implementation of reforms.

The future of Ukraine will determine the architecture of European security for the next several decades, the Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas said in Kyiv on 6 April.

"[Estonia's] bilateral relations with Ukraine are strong. We will support our position on Ukraine as a country that was itself under occupation... Ukraine's future will determine the architecture of European security for the next several decades," Ratas said.

In Ratas' words, sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Russia fully complies with international laws and the Minsk agreements, "so that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine are fully restored."

He stressed that Estonia does not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea.

Ratas also reminded about the European choice of Ukraine and promised that his country will always help Ukrainians in its efforts to change the country for the better. At the same time, he noted that a number of reforms have already been successfully implemented in Ukraine, although much remains to be done to ensure the rule of law and the implementation of anti-corruption laws.

"The eradication of corruption is not only a matter of dignity, but also what the Ukrainians want - security and sustainability," concluded Ratas.

As previously reported, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia pledged to never recognize the annexation of Crimea.