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    European countries are divided on the need to continue the sanctions policy toward Moscow, with Italy, Austria, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary and Slovakia mainly calling for the withdrawal of the sanctions.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — An Italian member of the European Parliament has urged the European Union to lift its anti-Russia sanctions as soon as possible citing the damage they do to the Russian and EU economies and them not contributing to peace in Ukraine.

    “I believe that the EU should immediately withdraw any sanction against Russia,” Matteo Salvini told Sputnik Monday.

    Last week, the European Council agreed that economic sanctions against Russia will remain in place and will be linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The EU reserved the right to take further measures if necessary.

    Salvini, who is the leader of the Lega Nord party, said that EU sanctions, as well as Russia’s trade restrictions introduced in response, “are seriously damaging both European and Russian economy, without bringing any benefit to the peace process in Ukraine and in Crimea.”

    European countries appear divided on the need to continue the sanctions policy toward Moscow, with Italy, Austria, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary and Slovakia mainly calling for the withdrawal of the sanctions.

    Poll

    Do you think that the EU economic sanctions against Russia should be lifted, tightened or remain the same?
    • Lifted, the measures are counterproductive and have a negative impact both on Russia and the EU.
      89.1% (1834)
    • Tightened, the current sanctions have not worked, pressure on Russia should be increased.
      6.8% (139)
    • Remain the same until the Ukrainian crisis is resolved.
      4.1% (84)
    Voted: 2057
    Salvini said that for the southern countries of Europe, such as Italy, “with a long history of trade and friendship with Russia, further sanctions would mean another major loss in both economic and political terms.”

    Since the Ukrainian conflict escalated in April 2014, the European Union, the United States and their allies have imposed a number of economic sanctions against Moscow, blaming it for interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

    Moscow has repeatedly denied its involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, adding that Western sanctions run counter to the principles of international law.

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