Finnish Minister: talking about the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia too early

Finnish Minister: talking about the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia too early


The lifting of the restrictions depends on the observance of the Minsk agreements, said Alexander Stubb. He added that now in this direction, “there is a slight shift, but usually such things take time”.

MOSCOW, 8 Feb. Clarity on the question of when Russia will be lifted the EU sanctions, yet, said Bloomberg Finance Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb.

“It’s too early to talk about it, because it all depends on observance of the Minsk agreements”, — said the Agency Stubb.

“It seems, now in this direction there is a slight shift, but usually such things take time,” he said.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia has restricted food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her. In June 2015, in response to extension of sanctions, Russia has extended food embargo until 5 August 2016.