European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the time for the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions has not come yet. He stated this during a joint press conference with President of Bulgaria Rumena by Radium, reports New Europe.
“We touched on relations between the European Union and Russia in the negotiations. I don’t think the President [of Bulgaria] and the Commission there are serious discrepancies, when it comes to sanctions against Russia. We made our decisions, these decisions are fair, and when we want to return to the discussion of this question, we will do so. But that time has not yet come”, — said Juncker.
As writes in turn, The Sofia Globe, on the eve of his visit to Brussels the Bulgarian leader said that he sees no benefit from anti-Russian sanctions, while the losses from them are obvious. “I’m afraid that the new US administration to restore dialogue with Russia, and the EU will remain a hostage of war of sanctions”, — said Radev.
Radev has entered a post of the President of Bulgaria 22 Jan. Despite the fact that political opponents have repeatedly accused him of Pro-Russian orientation, the Radev has already stated that he is not sympathetic to Moscow and will consistently advocate for Pro-NATO and Pro-European course.
A number of countries, including the USA and member States of the European Union has imposed restrictive measures against Moscow in 2014, linking them with the annexation of Crimea to Russia, and then the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. Sanctions affect the financial, energy and defense sectors of the Russian economy. Their abolition is linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements to stabilize the situation in the South-East of Ukraine. Agreement, in particular, called for a cease-fire, withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line of the warring parties, and constitutional reform in Ukraine.