No grounds to lift Russia sanctions: President Poroshenko

22:30, 24 January 2017
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President Petro Poroshenko is confident that there are no reasons for lifting sanctions against Russia, the aggressor state, the presidential administration press service cited him as saying at a joint press conference with the president of Finland in the course of the official visit to this country.

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"Ukraine is grateful to the U.S. for sanctions against Russia and we see no reason to abolish them," Petro Poroshenko noted answering the question of journalists about possible abolition of sanctions against Russia by the United States under the tenure of new President Donald Trump.

The President once again expressed gratitude to the world community for solidarity and support of Ukraine. "We are proud of unity with the EU and solidarity. And we hope for such support in the future," he stated.

Read also"Stop killing Ukrainians": Poroshenko refuses to be interviewed by Russia journosIn turn, President of Finland Sauli Niinistö expressed solidarity in the issue of the need to continue sanctions against Russia. "It would be great to have an opportunity to lift sanctions. But the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements is necessary for that. And it’s still not happening," he said.

Sauli Niinistö reminded that sanctions had been imposed due to the annexation of Crimea and situation in Donbas, not because of terrorism. “Therefore, I see no connection between these events. I do not believe that USA will change its decision. However, sanctions of the EU and the U.S. are different. They make a decision separately. As EU member-state, Finland respects the decision of the EU, for we are one of those who adopt such decisions," he added.

Read alsoPoroshenko: Ukraine able to unleash cyber counterattack against RussiaSpeaking of the expectations from the policy of the new U.S. Administration and President Donald Trump, Petro Poroshenko and Sauli Niinistö emphasized that the U.S. policy had stable and old traditions.

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