Merkel and Hollande supported the extension of sanctions against Russia

Anti-Russian economic sanctions will have to renew because of the situation in Ukraine. This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose position was supported by President Francois Hollande. It is reported by RIA Novosti.


According to Merkel, sanctions against Russia will be extended until then, until there is progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.


We will remind, relations of Russia and the West have deteriorated two years ago. The EU first imposed individual sanctions against individuals, and then used sectoral measures affecting entire sectors of the Russian economy.


Sanctions all the time has been extended, now they are valid until the end of January 2017. A prerequisite for the lifting of sanctions the West calls the implementation of the Minsk agreement on Ukraine. At the same time, part of Europe – Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy – called for their removal and the speedy establishment of relations with Moscow.


Recall that according to the Minsk agreement, Kiev before the end of 2015 was to reform the Constitution. Its important elements – decentralization and the adoption of the law on the special status of Donbass. However, the Ukrainian authorities still did not.


Moscow is convinced that to associate sanctions with the implementation of the Minsk agreements is absurd. Because Russia is not a party to the conflict and subject to the agreements on the settlement in Ukraine.

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