Germany's Gabriel says gradual lifting of Russian sanctions possible if Minsk holds

Source : 112 Ukraine

“The EU's current sanctions policies require that the Minsk agreements be fully implemented before they can be completely lifted,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel
13:46, 19 July 2017

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a recent interview that the EU's current sanctions regime should be lifted if Moscow fully implements the Minsk-2 accords signed in February 2015, aimed at ending the war in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

"The sanctions will be lifted step-by-step in an effort to bolster the peace process," said Gabriel. He later added that Russia must use its influence on the armed pro-Moscow separatists in the Donbas and the US and EU should influence Kyiv to help de-escalate the conflict.

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