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Sanctions against Russia failed, need to consider withdrawing them
18:26, 5 January 2017
Sanctions against Russia failed, need to consider withdrawing them

According to the politician, the lifting of sanctions is necessary to maintain transatlantic unity

18:26, 5 January 2017

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Sanctions against Russia, imposed by the current administration of US President Barack Obama because of the situation in Ukraine, did not give a positive result, so the United States should begin to think about their cancellation. Such an opinion was stated by the former US State Secretary Advisor, who may soon become a mediator in the talks between the Kremlin and the White House, Thomas Graham in an interview with Voice of America.

"Firstly, we have to recognize that sanctions are losing its support in Europe. Secondly, we have to recognize that sanctions have not led to resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. So I think we should start to think about the lifting of sanctions, first of all, in order to preserve the transatlantic unity. I think the worst thing that can happen is a public rift between Brussels and Washington on this issue", he said.

Related: Obama's finishing spurt. What do latest US sanctions mean?

Graham noted that it is not necessary to insist that sanctions can be lifted only after the implementation of the Minsk agreements, but they need to be partially removed in exchange for concrete action.

Graham is convinced that "Ukraine can no longer use the long-term stagnation, not to take domestic political decisions necessary to ensure the security and economic development of the country.

Related: Klimkin: Sanctions against Russia should be maintained until full de-occupation of Crimea

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