: G7 leaders support sanctions against Russia

09:28 May. 27, 2016

G7 leaders support sanctions against Russia

G7 summit in Japan (GettyImages Photo)

G7: Restrictions imposed on Moscow may be tightened if needed

The Group of Seven notes the need to maintain dialogue with Russia but link the duration of sanctions to Moscow's implementation of Minsk agreements, according to G7 Leaders' Declaration signed in Japan May 27.

"The duration of sanctions is clearly linked to Russia's complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respect for Ukraine's sovereignty. Sanctions can be rolled back when Russia meets these commitments," the declaration reads.

Read also: Resistance to sanctions against Russia increased in E.U. - Steinmeier

It is also noted that further restrictive measures can be taken against Russia "should its actions so require."

Besides, the G7 leaders say that they "recognize the importance of maintaining dialogue with Russia in order to ensure it abides by the commitments it has made as well as international law and to reach a comprehensive, sustainable and peaceful solution to the crisis."

European Union imposed economic sanction against Russia in July 2014 and reinforced them in September. In 2015 the E.U. linked the restrictions to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Read also: Russia to count the economic losses of its Western counterparts

Earlier Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council announced, the sanctions would remain, since there had been no progress in the Minsk deal.

Reported by UNIAN

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