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Ukraine not to ease sanctions against Russia amid Covid-19, - MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba believes that Russia should focus on the de-occupation of Crimea and Donbas
13:49, 30 March 2020

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Ukraine will not relax or ease sanctions against Russia due to the spread of Covid-19. This was stated by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during a briefing.

He added that sanctions would be lifted only if the Russian aggression was ceased.

"The sanctions have been imposed in response to the Russian aggression against our country, and their softening or lifting should be tied to its progress in stopping the aggression and de-occupation of Crimea and certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," Kuleba said.

Related: Russia’s attempts to lift sanctions amid Covid-19 pandemic is prospectless, - Kuleba

He also added that Russia needed to focus on the de-occupation of Crimea and the regions of Lugansk and Donetsk regions, rather than "trying to get sanctions against them lifted under the pretext of coronavirus."

Kuleba had earlier stated that Russia tried to manipulate the COVID-19 pandemic in order to get EU sanctions against it removed.

As we reported earlier, on March 26, a Russian guided-missile boat invaded Ukraine's exclusive offshore zone at the Odesa gas field.

Flags of the aggressor country were raised on self-lifting floating drilling rigs "Ukraine" (renamed the "Crimea-1") and "Tavrida".

Related: Russia moves toward nationwide lockdown as coronavirus spreads

 

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