Steinmeier to visit Baltic countries to discuss Crimea

German Foreign Minister is to visit three Baltic EU members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Tuesday to discuss recent developments in Crimea and possible sanctions against Russia.

German Foreign Minister is to visit three Baltic EU members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Tuesday to discuss recent developments in Crimea and possible sanctions against Russia.

BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold talks in three Baltic countries Tuesday to discuss the Crimea standoff, foreign ministry spokesman announced on Monday.

“Foreign Minister Steinmeier will begin his visit to Baltic countries tonight and will hold talks tomorrow with his colleagues and presidents of our close EU and NATO partners, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania,” foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told journalists. “Discussions on the current situation in Crimea and Ukraine and common European position will be at the center of these talks,” Schaefer said.

EU members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been advocates of tougher sanctions against Russia.

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