The President of Russia Vladimir Putin called meaningless attempts to link the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. He said this after talks with Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban.
“To link the lifting of sanctions by the EU with the final decision, bringing to the logical end of the Minsk process today is meaningless, because, I repeat, not on the side of Russia is this ball,” he said (quoted by “Interfax”).
The head of state expressed hope that the political forces in Ukraine who are interested in real settlement of the situation in the country, will find supporters and will bring the Minsk agreement to the end. “Let’s hope that the political turbulence there will be overcome. And those political forces in Ukraine that are really a solution to that problem, they will be able to find the strength, will be able to find supporters to bring this process to the end,” Putin said.
The President reiterated the points of the Minsk agreements, which are currently not implemented, adding that “all of this depends not only and not so much from Russia.” “All this, unfortunately, is not yet resolved, but it depends not only from Russia, but primarily — from our partners in Kiev”, — said the head of state.
On the eve of German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting with deputies of the party “Christian democratic Union” said that he wants the abolition of European sanctions against Moscow as soon as possible, but as yet sees no reason for this. According to deputies, the Chancellor to lift the sanctions “better today than tomorrow”, noting that this decision should be “based on facts” compliance with the Minsk agreements. So far, Merkel stressed that in Eastern Ukraine these agreements are not fulfilled.
Two days ago, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Time magazine said that the Russian authorities will not be asked about the lifting of sanctions. “Mikhail Bulgakov has a wonderful phrase in the book “the Master and Margarita”, when Woland says that never ask themselves and offer themselves all will. Here and we never will ask for the lifting of those sanctions. They will come and say, let’s finally get all this over with, because nobody is better … only worse,” Medvedev said.
Before the Prime Minister in an interview with Euronews urged the West to give the exact date of deregulation: “we Must have the courage and say: you know, guys, all we conclude here with such and such a date, we ask you response to suspend. That would be the right approach,” he said.