The head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini expressed doubt that Syria is a unified position in the United States. She stated on Friday, February 10, in his speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, reports TASS.
“We (in the course of meetings with representatives of the us administration) agreed that as long as obligations under the Minsk agreements are fully implemented, the sanctions will remain in force. However, I’m not sure that this remains a United position,” — said Mogerini.
However, she noted that in the EU there is no dispute about the restrictive measures. “Sanctions are not a policy as such, and we (EU) do not receive pleasure from them. For us it is a tool,” — said the head of diplomacy.
On 8 February a group of senators belonging to both leading U.S. parties, introduced a bill providing for the need for the President to obtain congressional approval for the lifting of sanctions against Russia.
Despite the statement Mogherini on the unity of the EU in relation to the preservation of anti-Russian sanctions, a number of European politicians advocate the abolition or easing of restrictions. Among them the Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Siyyarto, his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Prime Minister of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, and a candidate for President marine Le Pen.
Donald trump during election campaign has declared its readiness in case of a victory on elections to consider recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, as well as the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions. However, on 27 January, a week after the inauguration, he said that to talk about the lifting of restrictive measures against Russia yet. While the Republican expressed hope that Washington will be able to build a “fantastic relationship” with Moscow.
Withdrawal imposed on Moscow sanctions, some States linked to the implementation of the Kremlin Minsk agreements aimed at resolving the situation in the Donbas, where Ukrainian security forces from April 2014, carried out a police operation against militias. Russia, in turn, has repeatedly stated that is not a party to the conflict and therefore responsible for the implementation of the Minsk agreements shall not be.