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 "Russia sanctions can't be dropped: they just started yielding results," - Turchynov. PHOTOS

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov held meeting with Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defense of the European Parliament Anna Elzbieta Fotyga and MEPs.

The parties have discussed the situation in the Donbas and Russia's aggression against Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing NSDC's press service.

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Turchynov stressed that Russia's actions in Crimea, building of military capacity in the Kaliningrad region and deployment of powerful military bases in the Mediterranean basin in the Syrian territory "evidence of the active militarist stance of Russia that does not conceal its aggressive intentions."

He believes that sanctions imposed several years ago "have just started yielding results. That's why dropping or easing sanctions would undermine Europe's joint efforts against the aggressor - Russia."

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Turchynov said Ukraine has no alternative to European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

In turn, Fotyga reiterated the EU's support for the Ukrainian reforms and European integration efforts as well as the understanding of the necessity to maintain sanctions against Russia.

The MEPs expressed hope that Ukraine would be granted visa-free travel to Europe in the near future and that the EU-Ukraine association deal would soon be ratified by all member states.

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