The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Germany has proposed to weaken or remove the sanctions of the EU against Russia before the occupying state will fulfill the Minsk agreement. About this in his speech at the forum of the Social democratic party of Germany, said the head of the German foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, says a local resource Tagesspiegel.

Since the execution progress of the Minsk agreements “will still take a lot of time,” and Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a draft resolution of the UN peacekeepers on the demarcation line in the Donbas, the sanctions don’t necessarily have to align with the full implementation of the peace agreement, the diplomat believes.

“It makes no sense to expect that you (the sides of the conflict – ed.) do this (follow the Minsk agreements – ed.), so we remove the sanctions. Let’s at least get a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons, and then as a reward for that we will lift the sanctions and help in rebuilding of Donbass”, – he said.

Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated for the umpteenth time that without the observance of the Minsk sanctions from Russia to the EU will not be removed. A year ago she declared that sees no reason for lifting sanctions, as Moscow has not fulfilled the obligations within the Minsk process, and last December reiterated this position.

See also: the German foreign Ministry welcome the statements of Putin about the peacekeepers in the Donbass

Russia occupied the Crimea in 2014. The Verkhovna Rada announced on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of the Peninsula Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly, condemned the Kremlin’s actions. Against Russia was introduced on personal and sectoral sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called parliamentary elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016 Parliament recognized the state Duma illegitimate.

The DNI and LC – terrorist organizations seized with the support of the Russian part of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. Both organizations created, funded and contain Russia, where, among other things, the terrorists are getting fighters, trainers, and heavy equipment, weapons, ammunition, and fuel.

See also: Faction in the Bundestag, Merkel called Russia a threat to peace in Europe




The head of the German foreign Ministry called for the lifting of sanctions when a sustainable truce 06.09.2017

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