BRUSSELS, 15 Nov. The EU and Australia have confirmed that the fate of sanctions against Russia is closely linked to full implementation of the Minsk agreements, according to a joint statement by the heads of the European Council and the European Commission Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull on the results of their meeting on the sidelines of G20 summit in Turkey.
“We reaffirmed our support for the resolution of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and agreed that sanctions against Russia adopted in response to this conflict, clearly related to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements”, — said the leaders of the EU and Australia.
They noted that “do not recognize and will continue to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation” and “will continue the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation”.
Crimea and Sevastopol became part of Russia following the results of the March referendum in 2014. Reunification with Russia was supported by 96,77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol. However, Ukraine and Western countries have refused to recognize the decision and has imposed sanctions in the region.