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Ukraine's president urges G7 leaders to extend sanctions against Russia
17:40, 16 May 2016
Ukraine's president urges G7 leaders to extend sanctions against Russia

Poroshenko also called for the release of fighter pilot Nadia Savchenko, who is currently being held in Russia

17:40, 16 May 2016

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged G7 member states to extend sanctions against the Russian Federation due to Moscow’s reluctance to implement Minsk peace deal. Poroshenko stated this at a meeting with G7 Ambassadors, reports press service of the President.

Poroshenko stated, that Russia is to blame for the escalation of conflict in eastern Ukraine reported over the recent days: “We’ve provided G7 Ambassadors with facts, proving Russia’s violations, military presence in Donbas and shipment of weapons to occupied territories”, - it is said in the report.

Petro Poroshenko underlined, that sanctions will encourage Russia to implement Minsk agreements. Once again, he noted the necessity to introduce OSCE police mission in Donbas and urged G7 diplomats to support the initiative: “Only after we reach progress on the issues of safety, OSCE police mission, permanent ceasefire, withdrawal of artillery and heavy weapons, withdrawal of Russian occupation troops and release of captives, only then we can start talking about political mechanisms”, - Poroshenko said.

Moreover, Ukraine’s President addressed the G7 Ambassadors to increase pressure on Russia regarding immediate release of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko and other prisoners illegally detained in Russia, as well as to impose personal sanctions against people who stage trials against them.

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