Poroshenko - Moscow: First, the withdrawal of troops, then the lifting of sanctions

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The President stressed that sanctions against Moscow were introduced because rough of aggression and will be lifted only after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory

Sanctions against Russia could be lifted only after a full withdrawal from the occupied territories of the Donbas and de-occupation of Crimea. This was stated today by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a joint briefing with EU Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response Christ Stylianides.

"The sanctions were imposed in connection with the illegal annexation of Crimea and brutal aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine in the East of our country. This was the reason of sanctions, and accordingly, to remove the sanctions will be possible only in the case of the completion of the political settlement, the full withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory and return full control of Ukraine on uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border", - he said.

Poroshenko reminded that today marks the second anniversary of the Russian annexation of Crimea.

"And the associated festival of cynicism and hypocrisy on the Russian space and Russian TV. This is a clear demonstration of deliberate disregard by the Russian Federation of international law and an unwillingness to return to civilized norms of behavior in international relations," he said.

Yesterday in Brussels, Poroshenko met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande, which leaders in a joint statement confirmed that the EU sanctions against Russia will be saved until the full implementation of the Moscow Minsk agreements.

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