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    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (R) and his Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders (L) attend a press conference after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Riga on February 3, 2015

    Dutch, Latvian Foreign Ministers Call for More Sanctions Against Russia

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    The foreign ministers of Latvia and the Netherlands agreed that EU sanctions against Russia should be expanded, because the Minsk agreements on ceasefire in eastern Ukraine were not being followed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — EU sanctions against Russia should be expanded, as the Minsk agreements on ceasefire in eastern Ukraine have not been fulfilled, the foreign ministers of Latvia and the Netherlands said Tuesday.

    “Sanctions against Russia should be expanded, not because we have something against Russia or its people, but because the Minsk agreements are not being followed,” Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Bert Koenders was quoted as saying by mixnews.lv.

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics agreed with his Dutch counterpart, who is currently in Riga on a working visit, the news outlet reported.

    The European Union, alongside the United States and a number of other allies, introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia in 2014, blaming Moscow of providing eastern Ukrainian militia with military assistance. Russia has repeatedly denied the claims.

    Kiev-led forces have been fighting mostly independence supporters in Ukraine’s southeast since April last year. In September, the warring sides signed a ceasefire deal during a meeting in Minsk, brokered by Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    Despite the ceasefire agreement, fighting has continued in East Ukraine. Tensions escalated in the first weeks of 2015, and numerous shelling incidents killed dozens of civilians.

    A new meeting on Ukrainian reconciliation was held in Minsk on January 31, failing to yield any results.

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