Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that sanctions against Russia are imposed in order to prevent repeating of the frozen conflicts’ scenario. He said this in an interview with the Bild agency, InoSMI.Ru reports.
"The sanctions are very important. If you think about the events in South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria, there were no sanctions. Today you can see the result. These are all frozen conflicts. The sanctions were imposed because of the aggression against Ukraine, in order to prevent a repeating of such scenarios. There should be no deviation from the sanctions, while Russia occupied Crimea and took part in Donetsk and Luhansk. If this had happened in another country in Europe, then no one would have talked about the possibility of lifting the sanctions", said the minister.
Previously, the agency Reuters reported that European Union leaders will consider how to improve relations with Russia, without removing the sanctions at the summit on October 20-21. It has been reported that Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Slovakia and Hungary are now skeptical about the prolongation of sanctions against Russia.
Earlier, the US Vice President Joe Biden warned Poroshenko that at least five EU countries are ready to abolish anti-Russian sanctions.