Minsk Agreements Should Bring End to Sanctions Against Russia - Minister
11:43 13.02.2015(updated 16:39 13.02.2015)
Russian economic development minister believes both Russia and the West 'are tired' from sanctions imposed on Moscow.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The agreements reached in Minsk on the crisis situation in Ukraine should help in lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Russia, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Friday.
"I'm quite sure that we'll find the possibility of removing these [sanctions]. I think that all parties, especially business, are tired of this regime," Ulyukayev told journalists.
He emphasized that the agreements met in Minsk between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday were "actual, serious, and essential."
The leaders of the Normandy Quartet (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) held 16-hour talks on Ukraine in the Belarusian capital on Wednesday and early Thursday.
Their meeting resulted in two agreements. The first document was signed by members of the Contact Group on Ukraine, which comprises representatives from Russia, Kiev, the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The second document, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande is a joint declaration in support of the measures agreed upon by the Contact Group.
Following the Minsk talks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that a new round of sanctions the European Union earlier adopted against 19 individuals, including five Russian citizens and nine entities, would come into force on February 16.
On the same day, Finland's foreign minister said that a gradual easing of sanctions was possible if the new Minsk agreements were enforced in eastern Ukraine.
European Council President Donald Tusk announced that the bloc was not been discussing any new anti-Russia sanctions, with the French foreign minister also saying that there was no immediate need for further restrictions.
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