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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Vadym Prystaiko, says the consensus has been reached with the foreign ministers of countries of European Union member states regarding the preservation of sanctions earlier imposed on Russia.

"We have a consensus with EU ministers of foreign affairs. Sanctions can not be lifted until Russia fulfils its part of Minsk agreements," the minister wrote on Twitter late Tuesday.

He recalled that Ukraine also called for the strengthening of sanctions in connection with the recent so-called "elections" in the occupied Crimea.

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As UNIAN reported, on October 14, Prystaiko took part in a ministerial meeting of the "Group of Ukraine Friends in the EU", held on the sidelines of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

During the meeting, Priestayko briefed partners on the security situation in Donbas and the progress in preparations for the Normandy Four summit. Also, the parties discussed ways of intensifying international efforts to end Russian aggression and peacefully resolve the situation in Donbas.