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 UK, Polish PMs: Sanctions against Russia must be maintained until Minsk deal implemented, Ukraine must be granted support

Sanctions on Russia should be maintained until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented. Moscow must also stop bombing civilians in Syria.

This was said by British Prime Minister Theresa May and Head of Polish Government Beata Szydło after the U.K.-Poland intergovernmental consultations in London, Censor.NET reports citing Gazetaprawna.pl via Ukrinform.

"We agreed to continue to work together to secure peace and stability in Ukraine and we both remain committed to maintaining sanctions on Russia until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented," PM May said.

"We've talked about how we can deter Russian aggression by reinforcing Europe's eastern flank," she said.

The British prime minister also called to immediately stop strikes on civilians in Syria.

Read more: Obama, EU leaders agree to keep Russia sanctions until Minsk deal fulfilled

In turn, PM Szydło stressed that Poland unequivocally supported U.K.'s stance and would not support lifting anti-Russian sanctions.

"The Minsk agreements must be implemented. We analyze Russia's actions. We must be committed and aligned with the EU regarding Russia," the Polish Prime Minister said.

She added that Warsaw would like to have friendly relations with Moscow, but Poland could not accept the fact that Russia is, first of all, "the aggressor state carrying out acts of aggression in Ukraine."

"It is necessary to support Ukrainian government so that Ukraine remains in the EU's not Russia's sphere of influence," Szydło said.

Read more: EU's Tusk expects sanctions against Russia to be extended by mid-December
 
 
 
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