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Kiev Is Concerned by German Politician’s Statement to Rethinking of Sanctions against Russia

09.08.2017 14:17

The Ukrainian government is alarmed by German politician Christian Lindner’s call to ease sanctions against Moscow if any interim progress is made in implementing the Minsk accords on eastern Ukraine reconciliation, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said on Wednesday.

"It is necessary to encapsulate the issue of Crimea’s reunification with Russia and see the Crimea as a permanent provisional arrangement, at least for now", Lindner, who heads Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP), called on last week. He added that it is important to move to more nuanced approach to reducing anti-Russian sanctions, under which positive interim steps toward implementing the Minsk deal should be rewarded.

Commenting on the statement, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister said that Kiev is very concerned by this fact.

This is not the first time that European politicians call for the complete or partial abolition of anti-Russian sanctions.