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 G7 leaders ready to prolong and intensify sanctions against Russia if needed, - Poroshenko

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko notes that the G7 countries have decided not only to prolong sanctions against the Russian Federation, but also said they were ready to enhance the measures against Moscow if the situation in the Donbas aggravates.

Poroshenko said this in an interview to Inter channel, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"Due to our active consultations, my visit to Japan, where the meeting of G7 was being prepared at that time, intensive talks with all of our partners in G7 led to the following: this week, G7 decided not only to prolong sanctions against the Russian Federation, but also to enhance the sanctions in question against Russia if the situation escalates or if needed, as this is the only instrument to make Russia fulfill its obligations. I am very grateful and deem it our victory," he said.

Poroshenko also expressed his hopes that May victories of Ukraine - the G7 decision on sanctions, Jamala's winning in Eurovision song contest 2016, and returning home of Ukrainian aviatrix Nadiia Savchenko - will be joined by successes in reforms in the upcoming week.

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As reported, on May 27 the leaders of the G7 countries spoke in favor of prolonging sanctions against Russia, which was documented in a summary declaration of the G7 summit in Japan, posted on the website of the Foreign Ministry of the country. The document expresses concerns of G7 representatives with the aggravation of the situation in the Donbas. Authors of the document also reminded that they did not recognize Crimea being reunited with Russia.

"The conflict in Ukraine can only be solved through diplomatic means and in full compliance with international legislation, especially the commitment to respect sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence of Ukraine," the communique reads.

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The sanctions might be lifted if Russia fulfills all of its obligations, the document reads. The communique also stipulates for additional restrictive measures against Russia.
"We stress on full compliance with the Minsk agreements, the Normandy format decisions, and those of the Tripartite contact group," the document reads.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n390839