Britain to insist on anti-Russian sanctions extension

Source : 112 Ukraine

We will talk about Ukraine in the context of recent upsurge in violence which we are concerned about very much, - Boris Johnson
16:05, 6 February 2017

BBC Украина

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson has said the British government will insist on the EU maintaining its sanctions on Russia during the meeting of foreign affairs  officials today, on February 6. This was reported by the Guardian.

As he arrived at an EU foreign affairs council meeting in Brussels on Monday, the British foreign secretary told reporters there was “no case for relaxation” of measures, which include asset freezes and visa bans on people and entities associated with the Kremlin.

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In a move that suggests the British government wishes to distance itself from Donald Trump on the issue, Johnson said he would be talking with his fellow EU foreign ministers about the “recent upsurge in violence” in east Ukraine but that the UK’s position had not softened.

Earlier it was reported that EU wants to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months. The issue of sanctions is now on the stage of non-public discussion.

Related: White House position on sanctions to become clear in next couple of months, - Pence

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