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 Most German parties see no reason for lifting Russia sanctions, - Ambassador Reichel

Most of Germany's main political forces believe sanctions against Russia must continue.

Ambassador of Germany in Ukraine Ernst Reichel said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, a broad consensus has been reached at the political level on the extension of Russian sanctions, perhaps with the exception of the left party that used to be the GDR's Communist Party, the diplomat said.

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He also noted there were different opinions on the issue of sanctions among the representatives of the German business, adding that Ukraine should not attach too much importance to economic debate within the country. Germany is pluralistic, and everyone can speak out freely, Reichel stressed.

According to him, Ukraine also should not give a reason to think it doesn't do its best to observe the Minsk agreements. After all, this is exactly what Russia is trying to message the Germans, that Ukraine is the one to blame for the lack of progress in implementing the Minsk agreements, the ambassador pointed out.

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As reported, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU countries decided to extend sanctions against Russian companies and individuals for violation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine for another six months.
 
 
 
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