A ceasefire is not enough to lift the sanctions, says German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock. She insists on the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
The cessation of hostilities in Ukraine is not enough to lift sanctions against Russia, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.
“We are clear that sanctions can only be lifted if Russia withdraws its troops. Peace on the terms dictated by Russia will not bring either Ukraine or us in Europe the security we have been striving for. she said (quoted from ZDF).
According to the minister, the world order in Europe “was irretrievably undermined”; with the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Burbock said that “as much as we want to” we can't go back to before February 24th. “We will never again be able to rely only on the promises of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” — says the politician.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken previously stated that “any movement on sanctions” demand at least a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine. He did not elaborate on whether the United States is pushing for a complete withdrawal of Russian troops.
Since the end of February, the EU countries, the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Japan and other states have introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia. The measures affected, among other things, the banking sector, export-import restrictions, individual politicians, officials and businessmen. Now the European Union is preparing the sixth package of sanctions; according to Bloomberg and Politico, it includes a “definite ban” on on the import of Russian oil and the exclusion of several Russian banks from SWIFT.
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Russia has become the world leader in terms of the number of sanctions imposed against it, overtaking Iran. However, Polish authorities have called for tighter restrictions as Moscow is “doing a good job” with those already in operation.
Russia insists that the operation in Ukraine will continue until the stated goals are achieved. Among them— demilitarization and “denazification” neighboring country and “complete liberation of Donbass”. On April 22, the Deputy Commander of the Central Military District for Military-Political Affairs, Major General Rustam Minnekaev, said that, as part of the second phase of the operation, the military should take control of the south of Ukraine in order to provide a corridor to Transnistria, where allegedly “there are facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.” At the same time, President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have repeatedly said that Russia is not going to occupy Ukraine.
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