Tuesday, June 21 2016 14:50 EEST
'There is no doubt that anti-Russian sanctions are to be prolonged' - Juncker
Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe, Russia, EU, sanctions, International Economic Forum, St. Petersburg, Minsk agreements, future

It is very clear that anti-Russian sanctions are to be prolonged for another six months.

This was announced by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in an interview with Euronews.

Last week, he attended St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia and met the president Vladimir Putin there.

'During our meetings, I clearly said that the Minsk agreements should be fulfilled. To put it simply, the better the Minsk agreements are fulfilled, the more sanctions are lifted,' Juncker said.

'Thus, there is a connection between the agreements’ fulfillment and the sanctions. It’s clear that we will prolong these sanctions, but in the next 6 months we are to see whether there is any sufficient progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements to cancel some sanctions,' Juncker said.

The EU is ready to prolong the sanctions for another six months, but there is disagreement about their future.

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