Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration Olena Zerkal said in an interview with Channel 5, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.
"This is a political stance and it really gives us the opportunity to hold further negotiations, for example, on extension of sanctions," Zerkal said.
She noted that Ukraine had to hold constant talks with European politicians urging them to prolong and stiffen sanctions against Russia. However, it was increasingly hard to achieve this over the last six months as most European politicians were representing their voters and seeking to take their interests into account.
Zerkal stressed that the negotiations with the representatives of France were particularly hard as they were inclined to lift sanctions against Russia.
She added that the recognition of Russia's role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine strengthened Ukraine's position in this dialogue.
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