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When the Russian troops leave Donbas, the sanctions can be removed – Klimkin

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes that without the introduction of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation for the illegal annexation of Crimea and occupation of Donbas Europe would be vulnerable.

“Sanctions – only defense and the only line between good and evil, which was conducted by the West when Russia violated all agreements. The absence of sanctions means that there is no distinction between international law and lawlessness. Without sanctions, Europe would be another, weaker,” – said P. Klimkin in an interview with the Austrian magazine “Profil”.

The Minister added that after Russian troops leave Donbas, it will be possible to lift the sanctions .

“We need sanctions, not as strategy, but as a tool to force Russia to fulfill the Minsk agreements and to end its occupation of Crimea. As soon as the Russian will leave the Donbass, it will be possible to gradually lift the sanctions. Here we have nothing against it,” – said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

He also added that the issue of sanctions we are talking not only about Ukraine but also about “do you even Europe in General rules, or will continue to prevent Russia’s aggressive actions”.

However, P. Klimkin said that the EU supports Ukraine, but said: “Does the EU for Ukraine enough? Perhaps not.”

According to him, the prospect of Ukraine’s membership in the EU will only come when both sides are ready.

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