The EU will not lift the sanctions against Russia without a significant progress with Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron claimed this after the meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg as Reuters reported.
'The ball is on the field of Russia and Ukraine. It is very simple. We (the EU) will not lift the sanctions if nothing is done. This is what we have discussed with Vladimir Putin', Macron claimed.
Earlier it was reported that the extension of the sanctions against Russia will be considered at the EU summit on June 28-29.
As we reported Leaders of France and Russia discussed the current developments in Ukraine on May 24 in St. Petersburg. Macron said that Paris and Moscow should jointly work to provide collective security.
Also, the latest conclusions in the case of MH17 disaster and the recent developments in that of Kyrylo Vyshynsky, the detained editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti news agency, - these were among the topics that turned the attention of reporters in Saint Petersburg, where Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron met for negotiations and then gave a joint press conference.