‘It’s an important day, and we should be in Brussels now. How come? Today the EU Council is going to decide – and we now that for sure – that the sanctions against Russia will be extended; they will remain in place until Russia fully complies with Minsk agreements, including the security component. Lately, the situation on the frontline has been complicated; attacks on OSCE SMM observers and civilian objects have been taking place. Our opinion, just like that of our U.S. partners is that the sanctions should be continued. Previously, we discussed this matter with Mr. Tusk and other EU leaders,’ president said.
The head of the Ukrainian state called the long-awaited decision a victory of the Ukrainian nation and the Ukrainian diplomacy. ‘It’s a powerful motivation for Russia to resume negotiations and adhere to Minsk agreements,’ Poroshenko concluded.