President of Ukraine

President: Sanctions against Russia will be prolonged for the non-fulfillment of the Minsk agreements

17 December 2015 - 18:31

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the European Council would prolong sanctions against Russia for the non-implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Head of State was assured of that during the Ukraine-EU mini-summit that took place yesterday.

"We were assured that the European Council would prolong sanctions against the aggressor, the Russian Federation, for half a year, because of its total non-implementation of the Minsk agreements," Petro Poroshenko said at the joint press conference with the NATO Secretary General.

The President added that due to the NATO Summit in Wales, it had become possible to achieve the Minsk agreements. "Our cooperation with NATO brings peace to Ukraine," the Head of State emphasized.

In his turn, Jens Stoltenberg stated: "We support the implementation of the Minsk agreements. In the recent months, there was a certain progress, but the number of ceasefire violations was increased recently. There is a risk of violence resumption. Ukraine hasn't restored control over its border, Russia hasn't withdrawn troops and equipment, illegal armed groups haven't been disarmed. It is crucial to ensure the implementation of commitments by all the parties. Russia bears special responsibility".

"Full implementation of the Minsk agreements is the only way to achieve peaceful resolution in the east of Ukraine," the NATO Secretary General added.