Sweden and Poland are in favour of maintaining the anti-Russian EU sanctions

© Fotolia / Vesta48Варшава. Archival photoSweden and Poland are in favour of maintaining the anti-Russian EU sanctions© Fotolia / Vesta48

Sweden and Poland are in favour of maintaining the EU anti-Russian sanctions, said the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan löfven after a meeting with the head of the Polish government Beate Szydlo.

«We want to maintain the sanctions until Russia will fulfill the Minsk agreement,» said löfven, adding that the parties agreed on the need «to reduce the level of tension in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region».

In turn, Szydlo said that the two sides talked «about relations with Russia, about the threats, about the issues that concern us, the signals from Russia, which provoked fears associated with the ongoing Russia’s initiatives at least military exercises».

«We have to work here, to share information and consider it a very important part of bilateral relations,» she said.

Relations between Russia and the EU deteriorated due to the situation in the Donbass, where Kiev in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Western countries have imposed a series of sanctions against Russia, Moscow has retaliated.

Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict, does not support the militias and not sending troops in Donbass. Moscow has also repeatedly stated that is not subject to the Minsk agreements on the settlement in Donbass, and to talk to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive.

Sweden and Poland are in favour of maintaining the anti-Russian EU sanctions© RIA Novosti, Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures

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