Ongoing in Western countries discuss the possible lifting of sanctions With Russia – this is a sign of weakness, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"I Want to send a very clear signal to our Western friends. If you are applying conflicting signals to Putin, for example, that you are considering the lifting of sanctions With Russia, when there is something minor, – is the weakness ", – politician said, RIA "news" referring to TV channel Ukraine Today.
in addition, Yatsenyuk said that, From his point of view, punishment With Russia are able to be withdrawn only in case of "return" Ukraine Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea. In June, the EU Council formally extended punishment against Russia for another six months – until 31 January 2016. In addition, on 19 June, the Council of the European Union officially confirmed the extension of sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2016. The Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, said the signing of the decree on the extension of protective measures From 6 August 2015, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia issued a decree on the renewal of countermeasures relative to the countries that supported anti-Russian punishment. Since mid-April last year, the Kyiv authorities are in the East of Ukraine "special operation" to suppress the protest movement in the Donbass. Refers to a large number of dead and wounded among the civilian population and the destruction of houses and infrastructure. According to the UN at the end of August, the victims of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine began about 7, 9 thousand People, at least 17, 6 thousand Received damage to health.