EU sanctions give opportunity for Russia to start fulfilling Minsk accords – Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a series of meetings with leaders of the EU during the working trip to Brussels and discussed the continuation of sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements, according to the presidential press service.
"There was a busy program today in Brussels. Today, the European Council will hold a session to adopt the decision to continue sanctions against Russia until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, including its security component," Poroshenko said at a briefing following the participation in the EPP Summit, the press service said.
Poroshenko emphasized that the situation in Donbas had escalated recently: the OSCE SMM representatives were attacked, attacks on civilian objects became more frequent. "The reaction of our partners from the EU is the same as that of our partners from the U.S. – sanctions will be continued," he stressed.
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"I think this is the victory of the Ukrainian people, Ukrainian state, Ukrainian diplomacy. This is a strong motivation for Russia to get back to the table of negotiations and ensure the fulfillment of the security components of the Minsk agreements," Poroshenko emphasized.
The president noted that the decision about sanctions was traditionally prolonged for six months and "this gives an opportunity for Russia to make very simple things: withdraw its troops, liberate Ukrainian hostages, cooperate with the OSCE SMM and take back its cannons, tanks, multiple launch rocket systems with which Russians kill Ukrainians."