: Sanctions against Russia will not be continued automatically - Freedom House ex-Head

20:04 Apr. 20, 2016

Sanctions against Russia will not be continued automatically - Freedom House ex-Head

Former head of the Freedom House David Kramer states sanctions against Russia will not be continued automatically (AP photo)

Sectoral restrictions are not enough for preventing further Russian aggression in Eastern Europe

David J. Kramer, the former head of the Freedom House and current Senior Director for Human Rights at the McCain Institute, states sanctions against Russia will not be continued automatically this summer.

In his opinion, there are countries unwilling to prolong the restrictions, additionally the recent Dutch referendum should be taken into account as well. As a result, Kramer adds, Ukraine has to be permanently ready to defend its positions, since the cancellation of the anti-Russian sanctions would mean a real catastrophe.

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Even if the punitive measures are prolonged, insists Kramer, the world community has to elaborate new mechanisms of preventing further Russian aggression. If Kremlin does not change its foreign policy vector, sanctions must be widened and strengthened.

Previously Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs insisted sanctions against Russia must be kept until the international community sees the whole and comprehensive implementation of Minsk peace agreements.

 

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