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 Lifting Russia sanctions out of question as Minsk agreements not implemented, - Polish foreign minister says

Removal of EU sanctions against Russia is out of the question as the Minsk agreements designed to resolve the conflict are not implemented.

As reported by Censor.NET, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski said in an interview with Polskie Radio in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 6.

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Ukraine situation was a major theme of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Monday.

According to the Polish diplomat, the EU does not consider lifting of sanctions against Russia because the Minsk agreements are not being fulfilled. Removal of the EU sanctions depends on the full implementation of arrangements reached in Minsk.

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"Sanctions lifting is out of question. The Minsk process is not being implemented and, therefore, there is no reason for lifting sanctions," Waszczykowski said.

As reported, the Obama Administration and governments of certain Western countries imposed sanctions against Russia over Crimea annexation and backing militants in eastern Ukraine.

Read more: "Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine," US Ambassador to the United Nations Haley

During recent U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump repeatedly made statements in favor of Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. Namely, he said he would consider possibility to mitigate or remove sanctions against Russia and even recognize illegal occupation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in recent interview with ABC News left door open to easing sanctions against Russia.

However, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley made a strong speech in the U.N. Security Council Feb. 3: 'The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.'

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