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 There can be no rollback of sanctions against Russia until tangible progress on the ground - U.S. State Department

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The U.S. State Department considers the statements of French President Francois Hollande on the possibility of lifting the sanctions against Russia not to be contrary to the common position of the Western countries, stated at the outset.

This was stated by State Department spokesman Jen Psaki at a briefing in Washington, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"President Hollande said that sanctions should be lifted in case of progress in the establishment of a lasting peace (in the east of Ukraine. - ed.). This has been our position and the position of our European and other partners from the beginning. If Russia and the separatists fulfill commitments taken by each party in Minsk, there may be a rollback of some sanctions," the representative of the State Department confirmed.

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At the same time, according to Psaki, "there can be no rollback until there is tangible progress on the ground."

She clarified that we are talking about specific steps listed in the Minsk agreement. The State Department spokesperson stressed that progress in resolving the situation means not only words but specific deeds.

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Earlier, French President Hollande said that sanctions against Russia may be dropped in case of progress towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. He also called the conditions under which this may occur: "What we want from Putin is to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine, for economic relations (between Ukraine and the EU - ed.) to develop," he said.

 
 
 
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