: Europe to prolong sanctions against Russia – Poland's Foreign Minister

20:42 May. 23, 2016

Europe to prolong sanctions against Russia – Poland's Foreign Minister

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, center, walks to a group photo of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on May 23, 2016. (AP Photo)

Punitive measures will be preserved because Russia violates the Minsk deal

The leading countries of the world have basically agreed upon extending economic sanctions previously imposed against Russia.

As news agency Ukrinform reports, the Head of Polish Foreign Ministry Witold Waszczykowski, before a regular meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, declared the following: "Informally, we already know that several weeks ago there was a meeting of major countries in Hanover where they acknowledged: the Minsk agreements are not fully observed by Russia, so it's natural that sanctions will be prolonged."

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"In bilateral negotiations major countries also claim the decision has already been made," Waszczykowski said.

Six-month economic sanctions against Russia expire in summer. The G7 countries will shape their future at the summit due to take place in Japan next week.

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