Ulyukayev suggested Europe a way to soften the Russian sanctions

Mode counter-sanctions Russia can be changed if the EU will change the mode of anti-Russian sanctions. This was declared on Tuesday to journalists the Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev, reports “RIA Novosti”.

“I think he [the list of sanctioned goods] may be reduced in the case that the sanctions regime will be mitigated. First action — then contrastive”, — said the Minister.

He added that in the case of easing the anti-Russian EU sanctions Russia “adequately” will appreciate such a step.

“If, for example, our European colleagues in June for the second half of 2016, in December relative to the first half of 2017 this kind of decisions, I think we adequately evaluate and go forward,” — said Ulyukayev.

“I think if you will modify the sanctions regime, it will be changed and the mode of counter-sanctions”, — said the Minister.

On the eve of German foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steimeier, speaking at the “Potsdam meetings” the German-Russian forum in Berlin, said he believes the possible gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia. According to him, sanctions should serve as incentive “political behavior focused on ending the conflict”, but in the current situation “the principle “all or nothing” does not bring us to the goal.”

Earlier in may, Steinmeier said that to forge a common position on extending EU anti-Russian sanctions will not be easy because of “the growing opposition to this step”.

Their doubts about the necessity of extending sanctions against Russia earlier expressed Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary and Bulgaria. For unconditional renewal of restrictive measures supported by the UK, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

On 27 may, the leaders of the G7 countries at the summit in Japan supported the policy of sanctions against Russia. The leaders of the “seven” stressed that the duration of sanctions is clearly linked with the full implementation by Russia of the Minsk agreements and warned that restrictive measures can be extended, if Russia’s actions would require such an approach.

West links the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions in connection with agreements concluded in Minsk between the militias of Donbass and Ukrainian authorities. They include, in particular, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, the exchange of prisoners, ensuring access of the Ukrainian armed forces to the border with Russia and elections in the militia-controlled territories in accordance with Ukrainian legislation. Russia, along with Germany and France is the guarantor of these agreements.