Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the European Union sanctions against Russia should be maintained until the de-occupation of the Crimea. Such a statement he made after the joint briefing with the President of the OSCE Sebastian Kurz.
According to the Foreign Ministry, lifting the sanctions against Russia can be discussed only after full implementation of Minsk Agreements.
"We need to make Russia comply with the Minsk Agreements. We can start talking about lifting the sanctions only when it performs Minsk... If there is no progress, we need to find the means, like strengthening sanctions. The European Union totally agrees with this position. I want to stress that the sanctions that are imposed on Russia after the occupation of the Crimea should remain until Russia will leave the Crimea", said Klimkin.