Results of Normandy Summit not to force EU to lift anti-Russian sanctions, - Polish MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

EU can decide to rescind them if Russia announces withdrawal of troops from Donbas
10:49, 10 December 2019

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Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz believes that no Russia’s statements at Normandy Summit will be able to force the EU to lift sanctions against Moscow. This was stated by him in Brussels on Monday, reports.

"Poland supports the continuation of sanctions, and I think most countries do as well. Germany has made a clear statement on this issue. We do not think that there are any changes in Russia's behavior that would justify changes in policy (anti-Russian sanctions – ed.),” Czaputowicz said.

He noted that the EU can decide to waive anti-Russian sanctions only in the event of any drastic changes in Russia's approach to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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An example of such changes could be the Kremlin's announcement of troops’ withdrawal from Donbas.

However, the EU considers such a scenario highly doubtful, Polish Foreign Minister added.

As we reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on December 9 in Paris at the Normandy Summit.

The four agreed to implement measures to stabilize the situation in the Donbas conflict zone. The parties have committed themselves to implement all the necessary measures to support the ceasefire before the end of 2019.

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