EU should lift sanctions as Russia fulfils Minsk deal - Austrian Minister

Other News Materials 20 June 2016 07:58 (UTC +04:00)

The European Union should progressively lift its anti-Russian sanctions in response to the country's steps toward fulfilling the Minsk accords on Ukrainian settlement, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

"I think that we should gradually arrive at a stage where every move toward fulfilling the Minsk accords, every step is met with the progressive removal of sanctions," Kurz said told the Austrian ORF public broadcaster.

A substantial step in reconciling with Russian should be made, he added, expressing hope that Russia makes a similar move.

European politicians are currently casting doubt on sanctions as a viable way of conducting relations with Russia, he noted.