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Dangerous deviation from sanctions: Ukraine's MFA comments on invitation of Putin to EU summit

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Foreign Minister, such a step could not only violate the European policy of non-recognition but also undermine the effectiveness of sanctions
13:27, 24 June 2021

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba
Ukrinform

Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called the initiatives to resume holding summits between the European Union and Russia a dangerous deviation from the sanctions policy. Kuleba said this at a briefing in Brussels, as European Truth reports.

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"In our opinion, the suspension of the high-level dialogue between the EU and Russia is part of European sanctions policy. Initiatives to resume summits with Russia without any progress on the part of Russia will be a dangerous deviation from EU sanctions policy," Kuleba said.

According to the Foreign Minister, such a step could not only violate the European policy of non-recognition but also undermine the effectiveness of sanctions.

"And what more dangerous is that it will discourage Russia from implementing the Minsk agreements. The decision to freeze the EU-Russia summits was made in 2014 against the background of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. Unfortunately, Russia has not shown any intention to change its policy towards Ukraine or the EU. We believe that the resumption of the summits has no grounds," the Minister stressed.

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However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union should establish direct contact with Russia and its president because Putin's talks with Biden are simply not enough.

Related: Germany, France want to invite Putin to EU summit

As it was reported earlier, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has offered colleagues in the European bloc to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the summit of the EU leaders. The idea of Merkel to return to the dialogue with Russia was supported by French President Emmanuel Macron. 

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