German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he was in favour of softening sanctions imposed on Russia if a ceasefire could be implemented in eastern Ukraine with the help of U.N. peacekeepers, as Reuters informs.
According to him, it’s “not realistic” to insist on full implementation of the Minsk peace accords before offering some sanctions relief. He said it was in world’s best interest to break the current impasse, even though the official stance of Germany is not easing the sanctions until full implementation of Minsk.
Gabriel noted that there were still fundamental differences over the plan of introducing the peacekeepers since Russia insists on deploying the UN peacekeeping mission only on the frontline and as protection of the OSCE mission, while the U.S. and EU insist on the inadmissibility of this plan, which will only deepen the conflict.
Last time U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Aide of Russian President Vladislav Surkov met to discuss their views on deploying UN peacekeepers in Dubai on Jan. 26.