15:55 Nov. 27, 2016
Jean-Claude Juncker "sees no argument" for lifting sanctions against Russia, no matter what Trump would do
"Up until now, I have seen no argument for the sanctions against Russia being immediately lifted," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview with Euronews, UNIAN reports.
"I would like to have an agreement with Russia that goes beyond the ordinary framework, bearing in mind that without Russia, there is no security architecture in Europe," he said adding that President Obama's assessment of Russia as "a regional power" was, in his opinion, "a big error."
When asked whether European leaders would maintain sanctions against Moscow given that Donald Trump would come to power in a few months, Juncker said the EU was not dependent on U.S. foreign policy. "The U.S. will do what it wants to do and Europeans will have their own interests within their own scope to manage," European Commission President said.
As reported, Normandy format countries foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine next week. On a previous week EU and Ukraine signed energy, anti-corruption deals, but despite all the allegations and suggestions, Ukraine hasn't obtained the EU visa-free regime. On a bright side - European Council president made a speech in Ukrainian at Brussels summit.