Sanctions against Russia stay

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German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, at the Humanitarian Conference in Oslo, Norway, 24 February 2017.

Sanctions against Russia stay


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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on March 1 said there had hardly been any progress in implementing the Minsk peace agreement for eastern Ukraine after three years of conflict and there should be no lifting of sanctions against Russia.

“[There] have barely been any steps forward, and so we are not in a position to lift sanctions, despite the fact that presumably everyone in Europe wishes we could improve relations with Russia,” Gabriel said during a joint news conference with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, which has already killed 10,000 people, has heated up in recent weeks despite efforts by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia to implement a ceasefire.

The European Union and the United States imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March 2014 and its support for the rebellion in east Ukraine that began the following month.

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