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    Western Sanctions Against Russia (737)

    Barack Obama will push Europe to prolong anti-Russia sanctions.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama will raise the question of prolonging sanctions against Russia during the Group of Seven’s (G7) meeting on June7-8 in Schloss Elmau, Germany, White House Senior Director for European affairs Charles Kupchan told reporters on Thursday.

    “The President [Obama] will be making the case to his European colleagues that the European Union should move ahead and extend sanctions when they end,” Kupchan said.

    In 2014, the United States, the European Union and some of their allies imposed economic sanctions on Moscow over alleged meddling into the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations and calls on the diplomatic resolution of the crisis.

    US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes in the same discussion explained that the sanctions take time to have economic effect, and argued that this is the reason why it is important that they are maintained.

    “So that they [sanctions] are not just seen as one time punishment…but rather we need to maintain the pressure and show that there can be no cracks in the transatlantic unity,” he added.

    During the meeting in Germany, G7 members will also underscore the importance of implementation of the Minsk agreements to settle the conflict in Ukraine, according to the White House officials.

    In February 2015, Representatives of the Ukrainian government and the two breakaway republics in Minsk signed the agreements that stipulate a ceasefire, heavy artillery withdrawal, prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms in the country.

    Kupchan said the United States has always pushed for the diplomatic solution of the Ukrainian crisis. “I do not see any change in policy on Ukraine,” he added.

    The G7 comprises Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, the United States and Canada. Russia’s participation in the group’s meetings was suspended in March 2014.

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