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 Russia does not observe Minsk agreements: sanctions should be strengthened - Prime Minister of Poland

Russia is not the party that is clearly and consistently adheres to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. In this regard, the EU should retain the existing sanctions against Russia and prepare for introduction of additional ones.

Head of the Polish government Ewa Kopacz said during a meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Warsaw Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"Taking into consideration the situation in Ukraine and those developing in Moldova and Georgia, it is clear that Russia is not the party that is clearly, consistently and thoroughly complying with the provisions of the agreement [Minsk-2 - ed.] ... So the EU firmly upholds the position that the sanctions imposed on Russia will be extended and a more impacting economic sanctions that could be imposed and which are currently being prepared by the European Commission will be introduced unanimously when the agreement is not actually executed," Kopacz said.

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She stressed that Europe should follow the policy of "sanctions, negotiations, and diplomacy," and thus "settle the situation down and end the war."

The Polish prime minister is convinced that all the EU countries must maintain solidarity in Ukraine issue, and insist on a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the east of the country.

Kopacz also stressed that Poland and France will support implementation of reforms in Ukraine at both bilateral and international levels.

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