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Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Riga: Sanctions can be lifted only in case of full implementation of the Minsk agreements
06.11.2015 | 09:54

"We expect that the EU would extend sanctions unless Russia executes the Minsk agreements in full compliance with the clear requirements of the accords," stressed Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk following the meeting with heads of government of the Baltic States in the framework of a working visit to Riga on Thursday, November 5.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that this is the first ever meeting in this format: "It is a historic meeting for our countries. We are demonstrating complete unity and your peoples support the Ukrainian people in their struggle for territorial integrity", he appealed to Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičius and Prime Minister of the Estonia Taavi Rõivas.

Russian aggression poses the threat not just to Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed: "This is a threat to the global order, to each EU member country, each NATO member and the entire free world".

"We have managed to stop the Russian troops. And it is crucial to preserve unity in the EU regarding sanctions. Sanctions can only be lifted in case of full implementation of the Minsk agreements", emphasized the Head of Ukrainian Government.

The full implementation of the "Minsk", according to him, means "that President Putin must pull back his troops, Ukraine should close the border and the Ukrainian government must regain full control over the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk."

Arseniy Yatsenyuk also stressed that commends a firm stand of heads of governments of not recognizing Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea.

"Ukraine strictly abides by the "Minsk", and today it depends on Russia whether they are ready to deescalate the situation and get out of Ukraine. We expect the EU to extend sanctions unless Russia fulfills the Minsk agreements in full compliance with the clear requirements of the accords," he urged.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine reminded that from January 1 there will enter into force a FTA between Ukraine and the EU: "Neither Russia nor any other country has the right of veto in respect of the plan of implementation of the FTA".

The Prime Minister of Ukraine noted our country is prepared for response actions by Russia: "We are upset with the process of technical consultations of Russia. We consider that Russia focused more on the political agenda in an entirely economic agreement than on the economic agenda."

"The agreement will be implemented. Hence, Ukraine clearly declares that it will join the largest European market – the EU market to make Ukrainian products more competitive and create a mutually beneficial situation for the EU and Ukraine", he stressed.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk expressed gratitude to the heads of government of the Baltic States for support in an attempt "to make Ukraine a prosperous and successful state": "We really appreciate the technical and humanitarian assistance provided by your Governments. We are convinced that together, through joining actions, we will create a history of success for your countries and Ukraine. It is our common future in the EU as well".


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