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Russia Will Not Lift 'Sanctions' on EU Until Minsk Deal Implemented - Lavrov

© Sputnik / Grigory Sisoev / Go to the photo bankRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the 53rd Munich Security Conference
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the 53rd Munich Security Conference - Sputnik International
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The Russian foreign minister said that Moscow as well will not lift counter-sanctions against the EU until the Minsk deal is implemented.

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel addresses a news conference in Berlin Germany, December 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
Anti-Russia Sanctions Could Be Lifted Once Minsk Deal Implemented - German FM
MUNICH (Sputnik) — However, linking the lifting the sanctions imposed against Russia by the European Union with the implementation of the Minsk peace deal is illogical and artificial, Sergei Lavrov added.

"As our European partners are saying in regard to sanctions, I have already spoken on that matter. Since it is quite illogical and artificial to talk about the formula that Minsk agreements should be implemented by Russia then the European Union will lift sanctions. We also want the Minsk agreements to be implemented and our sanctions against the European Union would not be lifted as well until the Minsk agreements are implemented," Lavrov said speaking at the Munich Security Conference.

Since 2014, relations between Russia, the European Union and the United States, deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia on the pretext of its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, which Moscow has repeatedly denied. In response to the restrictive measures, Russia has imposed a food embargo on some products originating in countries that have targeted it with sanctions.

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