EU willingness to continue sanctions linked to Ukrainian willingness to implement comprehensive reforms, - Rasmussen

Continuing the sanctions is the only way to exert pressure on Russia to stop supporting separatists fighting the Ukrainian army in the Donbas and to force them to observe the truce.

Former NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Reuters, Censor.NET reports.

"Ukraine will find it easier to persuade European Union countries to renew sanctions against Russis this summer if it shows progress in pushing reforms and tackling corruption," Rasmussen said.

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"I know from talks with politicians in Western capitals that their willingness to continue sanctions is also linked to the Ukrainian willingness to actually carry out comprehensive reforms. So my goal as adviser to the president would be to actually initiate a two-way street. Firstly of course in Western capitals I will argue that the Ukrainians have already carried out profound reforms. But on the other hand, I will also bring messages back to the president from my interlocutors so that the Ukrainian authorities clearly understand what is the priority in Western capitals," the former chief of NATO added.

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