President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the sectoral and "Crimea" sanctions that the European Union had introduced against Russia will be prolonged.
Speaking at a joint press conference with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Kyiv Monday, Zelensky said: "I am pleased today to hear from our European friends that their position regarding the behavior of the Russian Federation remains clear and unchanged," an UNIAN correspondent reports.
"Sectoral and 'Crimea' sanctions will be extended for the next 12 and six months, respectively," the president of Ukraine said.
Zelensky urged not to consider sanctions "my favorite word", noting that "my favorite word is peace, and sanctions policy is the last civilized tool to achieve it."
According to the president, the sanctions against the Russian Federation should continue until Moscow fully implements the Minsk agreements, restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine.