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Germany: 'Sanctions are a resource but not a solution' - FM Steinmeier

2 31.05.2016 Инфо

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier discussed the possibility of Western countries lifting sanctions against Russia during a press conference in Berlin, Tuesday, also commenting on the recent prisoner swap between Moscow and Kiev.
Speaking on the Ukrainian conflict, the implementation of Minsk agreements, and sanctions against Russia, Steinmeier emphasised that "the sanctions are a resource but not a solution itself." He added that "substantial improvements" would be necessary in regard to Ukrainian security and the country's election process if the West were to "finally discuss whether it makes sense to abandon the instrument of sanctions."
Steinmeier went on to discuss the recent release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and Kiev. The foreign minister stated that the swap would hopefully "start a new dynamic in the discussion between Russia and Ukraine."