Friday, July 29 2016 18:42 EEST
Steinmeier: 'Nothing will interfere with the gradual easing of Russian sanctions'
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Although the fighting in Donbass is continuing, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has not ruled out the easing of sanctions against Russia.

'In my mind, if we achieve considerable success, nothing will interfere with the gradual easing of sanctions,' he said in an interview with Passauer Neue Presse published July 29, Unian reports. 

The minister also stressed that Germany and France were together negotiating with Ukraine and Russia to execute the Minsk agreements. 'By maximum September, we will know whether something works,' the official added.

Until now, the European Union has called for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the condition of easing sanctions, and subsequently the possible abolition of the restrictive measures imposed against Russia. This implies a cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line in Donbass.

In late May, the German minister referred to the possibility of easing the sanctions, but in early July, the European Union extended their action for another six months.

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