EU to maintain Russia sanctions until Kremlin complies with Minsk peace terms (Video)

16:27, 20 March 2015
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A meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday resulted in the formation of a unified position on Russia, and a decision to link implementation of new sanctions to the degree to which the Minsk ceasefire agreements are followed, EU officials say.

Meanwhile, sanctions on Russia will remain at least until the end of 2016 and will not be removed until Russia abides by the ceasefire agreement in east Ukraine, Ukraine Today reports.

According to Donald Tusk, EU Council President, sanctions should remain in place until Ukraine regains “control of its borders” as foreseen in a Minsk-2 plan, also urging the EU member states to stay united, following earlier comments by Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, who called EU instability “a formula of stability for Vladimir Putin.”

EU leaders also agreed to make energy agreements with Russia more transparent and to hold a united, firm stance, so as not to let Moscow use gas as a political weapon.

The EU Council president stressed in all of his comments the need for European unity, echoing comments that were made before the meeting Yatseniuk.

At the meeting, EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was urged to seek strategic ways to tackle Russian propaganda.

See’s video section for more of the latest news from Ukraine in video from Ukraine Today, Ukraine’s 24-hour English-language news channel.

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