Cancel anti-Russian sanctions at the present time would be counter-productive step for the West, which would entail the deterioration of the situation in the Donbas and the failure of the implementation of the Minsk agreements. On Tuesday announced the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault, reports Reuters.
“It would undermine efforts to resolve the conflict in the Donbass and will be a victory for those who threatened the security of the country of Ukraine,” the French diplomat said before the talks with my colleagues in the “Norman Quartet” in Minsk. In this regard, he pointed out that the waiver of the Minsk agreement would be a strategic mistake.
Reporters noted that this statement Ayrault was made on the background of leadership in the presidential race in France, former Prime Minister françois Fillon, sympathetic to Russia. Earlier, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov saidthat the visit supports a “sufficiently good relationship” with Vladimir Putin.
62-year-old Francois Fillon calls Russia an “important partner” of Europe, wants to remove the sanctions and considers that the Western powers provoke it, by expanding NATO at the expense of States that are too close to its borders. According to Fillon, the West should also create a coalition with Russia to fight against the terrorist group Islamic state (DAISH, banned in Russia) in Syria.
Meanwhile in Germany, the Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on foreign Affairs Norbert röttgen and the Deputy from the party “Union-90/Green” Francis Brantner demanded from Brussels to impose new sanctions against Russia in connection with the promotion of Syrian troops in Aleppo with the support of the Russian Federation.
“Why are the measures, although well documented crimes in Syria, which also involves Moscow?” – asks MPs (quoted by TASS). “The EU should at least impose sanctions,” – say MPs. Russia’s actions in Syria Röttgen and Brantner called “war crimes”.
Tuesday, November 29, it became known that the list of personal sanctions against Russia expanded Canada. Got 15 new individuals, including six state Duma deputies from the Crimea.
In early November, the EU expanded its sanctions against Russia, making him the names of six deputies of the state Duma of Crimea Ruslan Balbec, Konstantin Bakharev, Dmitry Belik, Andrey Kozenko, Svetlana Savchenko and Paul Shperova. The same decision on 15 November and adopted in the United States.
In mid-November, U.S. President Barack Obama, while in Germany during his last foreign tour as head of state, agreed with European leaders to extend sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Ukraine.
“It is important that we extend the sanctions as long as the Minsk agreements are fully implemented,” Obama said. At the same time, he noted that “it is in our interest to cooperate with Russia to solve the problems in the world.”
Angela Merkel said that Germany considers insufficient progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, to talk about the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions. “We talked about sanctions related to the Ukraine. We want to make progress but now the progress is not obvious. We will continue to work and at some point will decide what to do next,” she added.