Brussels does not agitate to enhance punishment is relatively capital of Russia, But most EU countries believe that the existing measures are equitable and are required to be stored, said German foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
"I have not heard nowadays in the European Union statements which argue for a strengthening of sanctions. But I heard from many opinions about the fact that the current penalties in all fairness we have to preserve, "said Steinmeier, confirmed the position that the penalties against Russia will not be lifted, if the implementation of the Minsk agreements will not "obvious" to continue.
"punishment remains, if the implementation of the agreements will not become obvious continued. European leaders and governments in June to discuss exactly where we are in this question in which extent the implementation of the agreements, "the Minister said, RIA" Novosti ". He expressed satisfaction that progress has been made in establishing working groups, " But we haven't reached the line where it is possible to signal that we can relax ". First foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevi?ius said that the European Union until there is not going to consider a new package of punishment is relatively capital of Russia. The head of the foreign Ministry of Poland Grzegorz Schetyna expressed the view that the Union of European States will extend the punishment against Russia before the end of 2015 or 2016. Remember, on 5 may the European Parliament Committee on international relations blessed the draft decision calling for sanctions against Russia in case of failure of the Minsk agreements, and agreed to bring the document to valaisiana Assembly in June. On the same day the Minister for foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz said that the European Union States links the future of sanctions against Russia with the progress of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. In response to this, the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. V. Lavrov, the penalties are not Russia's decision, for this reason, any criteria for lifting them with the EU will not be discussed. For its part, the permanent Commissioner of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said that Moscow is not engaged in dialogues with the European Union on the abolition of punishment, it is the decision of the countries of Europe make their own.