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    During a meeting in Brussels, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called on the European Union to intensify its sanction policy toward Russia.

    MOSCOW, November 17 (Sputnik) – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has expressed hope that the European Union will increase its pressure on Russia, the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry's press service reported.

    "I hope that increased pressure on Russia will make it immediately and comprehensively fulfill its peaceful commitments," Klimkin said during a meeting in Brussels with the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

    Since the Ukrainian crisis escalated in April, several Western countries have introduced economic sanctions against Russia, alleging its involvement in the conflict. They primarily targeted the country's banking, defense and energy sectors.

    Russia has repeatedly denied the accusations of its participation in the conflict.

    Recently, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Alexander Pankin dismissed accusations by the United States, calling them "propaganda."

    The ceasefire between the pro-independence supporters in Ukraine's southeast and Kiev was agreed in September during a Contact Group meeting in Minsk. Despite the agreement, numerous violations have been reported since then, with both sides accusing each other of breaking the truce.

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