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Austria’s new coalition promises to support sanctions against Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

At the same time, members of the new cabinet do not rule out the possibility of gradual removal of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation
10:56, 3 January 2020

France 24

Austria's new coalition government, led by Sebastian Kurz, is set on a policy of supporting sanctions against Russia, but does not rule out their cancellation. This is stated in a government program agreed by the Austrian People's Party and Greens party, Ukrinform reports.

"Austria supports EU sanctions against Russia within the framework of the European consensus," the government program document reads.

At the same time, members of the new cabinet of Austrian ministers do not exclude the possibility of gradual removal of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in case of progress in the implementation of Minsk agreements.

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

Official Vienna considers Kyiv “an important partner of the EU in Eastern Europe and supports the economic and political rapprochement of Ukraine and Europe,” the program of the new government emphasizes.

As we reported earlier, the EU decided to prolong the sanctions against Russia until March 15, 2020. The respective decision was announced by the European Council on December 12.

"The measures consist of an asset freeze and travel restrictions. They currently apply to 170 persons and 44 entities. The relevant information and statement of reasons for the listing of these persons and entities have been updated as necessary.

Related: EU extends sectoral sanctions against Russia's economy until July 2020

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