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Poroshenko warns France for lifting sanctions against Russia

Staff writer ▼ | April 24, 2015
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko have reminded the French about conditions of the European Union for lifting sanctions against Russia.
Petro Poroshenko
Harsh voice   In an interview with iTele French TV channel
President said this in an interview with iTele French TV channel.

"The decision of the EU Council is clear and transparent: the sanctions can not be canceled, if the conditions stipulated in the Minsk agreements are not implemented," Poroshenko said.

He recalled that Moscow should ensure return of control over part of the eastern border to Ukraine, withdrawal all foreign troops from the Ukrainian territory, release of all hostages, settlement of humanitarian disaster in Donbas, including provision of unfettered access for international humanitarian assistance, resumption of the banking system activity and the economic recovery in the occupied territories.

"Until this is achieved, sanctions can not be lifted. I am sure that if these conditions are not met, the sanctions will be prolonged in June," he said.