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 Poroshenko urges G7 to extend sanctions against Russia

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko put special emphasis on the necessity of prolongation of sanctions against Russia for non-fulfillment of the Minsk agreements by the aggressor country in the course of the meeting with G7 Ambassadors accredited in Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president.

According to the message, pro-Russian militants tend to escalate the situation in the Donbas in the recent days and Russia is unconditionally responsible for that. The G7 Ambassadors have been provided with comprehensive facts of Russia's violations, presence of Russian troops in the occupied Donbas, and ongoing sending of Russian troops and weapons to the occupied territories.

The head of state noted that sanctions were an "efficient instrument" and "motivating factor" that would encourage Russia to fulfill the Minsk agreements.

The president has particularly highlighted the importance of deploying the OSCE armed police mission in Donbas, which is vital for the political settlement of the situation. He urged the G7 countries to endorse this initiative.

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"We can speak of political mechanisms only when we have security preconditions, progress in the deployment of the OSCE armed police mission, sustainable cease-fire, withdrawal of artillery and heavy weaponry, withdrawal of Russian occupation troops, and release of all hostages," the head of state noted, commenting on prospects of peaceful settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine.

The head of state addressed the G7 Ambassadors with a request to increase pressure on Russia regarding the immediate liberation of Nadiia Savchenko and other prisoners illegally retained in this country, as well as imposition of personal sanctions against everyone involved in trumping up cases against Ukrainians illegally imprisoned in Russia.

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