President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said during the joint press conference with President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis in Riga, Censor.NET reports citing president's press office.
"I am grateful to our European partners that they are ready to demonstrate continuation of sanctions against Russia as an efficient mechanism to motivate Russia to adhere to the commitments undertaken with the signature of the Minsk agreements in case Russia does not demonstrate willingness to cease fire and introduce the security package," Poroshenko said.
The head of state emphasized that Russia and pro-Russian militants do not fulfill the Minsk agreements and keep on violating the new cease-fire deal declared at the initiative of Ukraine on April 1 on the eve of Easter.
"Unfortunately, there has been not a single day of compliance with this regime by the Russian party. On April 1 and 2 we saw some reduction in the use of heavy artillery and mortars. Unfortunately, yesterday we saw a drastic escalation - the number of attacks compared to April 1 and 2 increased threefold. One Ukrainian soldier was killed. Small arms are also actively used," Poroshenko said.
According to the head of state, Ukraine treats the cease-fire responsibly, while the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff received clear instructions to strictly comply with the cease-fire deal before April 1.
The president informed that during his conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande yesterday, it was agreed to coordinate the agenda for the Normandy format.
"We have agreed to initiate and offer the agenda for the summit in the Normandy format where we should resolutely demand the implementation of the Minsk agreements, discuss the roadmap of the Minsk agreements and implementation of this process," the president said.
"Everyone was happy to hear that there was an agreement to establish peace in the Donbas on April 1. However, we regret that the attacks continue and people still die. Latvia and the international community hope that Russia will be an active participant of negotiations aimed to stop the bloodshed in the Donbas," the president of Latvia noted.
Ukraine is grateful to its European and international partners for maintaining sanctions against the Russian Federation due to constant violations of the Minsk agreements.