EU firm on Rus­sia sanc­tions:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel said Fri­day that the Euro­pean Union would main­tain sanc­tions against Rus­sia un­til Moscow makes progress on ful­fill­ing its com­mit­ments un­der a peace plan for east Ukraine.

“Be­fore the Minsk agree­ment has been im­ple­mented or progress has been made in that re­gard, we will not con­sider lift­ing sanc­tions on Rus­sia,” Merkel told re­porters in the Lithua­nian cap­i­tal Vil­nius.

Berlin and Moscow, along with Paris, signed peace agree­ments in the Be­larus­sian cap­i­tal Minsk in 2015 in­tended to put an end to a con­flict that has left more than 10,000 dead since it be­gan in April 2014.

But Merkel said that the talks be­tween Rus­sia, Ukraine, France and Ger­many, known as the Nor­mandy for­mat, “may not have pro­gressed as much as we would have wished them to”.

“Peace and re­in­stat­ing the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Ukraine con­tinue to be im­por­tant top­ics for all of us here,” she added. (AFP)

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