Censor.NET informs citing the statement by the Kremlin's press service.
The statement reads: "Discussing the Ukrainian issues, the Russian president reiterated the importance of strict implementation of the Minsk agreements of Feb. 12, 2015, including the establishment of the real direct dialogue with the Donetsk and Luhansk, holding amnesty, granting special status to the "DPR" and "LPR", the joint development of the law on local elections.
"He stressed that no alternative to a political settlement of the situation existed. The president noted the need to intensify the work aimed at avoiding violations of the cease-fire, full implementation of the agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons, and establishment of truce between the parties to the conflict. In this regard, the role of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission was emphasized."
As previously reported, in 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced. The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.
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