Alternatives Foundation presented in Madrid a report entitled "A more European Russia for a more Secure Europe." Elaborated by 17 experts, the paper contains proposals for a new EU strategy towards Russia.
One of the main conclusions of the study is a proposal to separate Crimean reunification from the conflict in Ukraine’s southeast "because if this will not be done, there will be no solution [to the Ukrainian crisis]," Sartorius said.
The report, which will be sent to relevant Spanish and EU institutions for study, calls to lift anti-Russian sanctions as soon as the February Minsk agreements will be fulfilled.
During the presentation of the report, Sartorius said that the sanctions against a "great power such as Russia are hurting us [the European Union] too."
Russia has taken an active part in efforts to settle the crisis in Ukraine. In mid-February, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany elaborated a set of agreements to facilitate Ukrainian reconciliation. Despite signing the Minsk deal, both Kiev forces and Donbas militias continue to accuse each other of breaking the truce.