September 27, 2022

German Foreign Minister called the condition for the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions

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Anti-Russian sanctions may be lifted after Moscow withdraws its troops from the territory of Ukraine. This was announced on May 1 by German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock.

“A truce can only be the first step. One thing is clear to us: the lifting of sanctions will only happen if Russia withdraws its troops,” she said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Burbock suggested that the EU “can never again rely on the promises” of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki noted on April 27 that Russia is still coping well with the sanctions imposed on it.

On April 26, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin said that the sanctions pressure on Russia is based on lies and hypocrisy.

Before that, on April 17, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed the opinion that a default in Russia is a matter of time. According to her, the sanctions are eating deeper into the Russian economy.

On April 14, Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan, in turn, said that the United States would be ready to discuss the possibility of lifting some sanctions against the Russian Federation if Moscow and Kyiv reach agreements during the negotiations.

On April 1, Nikolai Kobrinets, director of the department for pan-European cooperation at the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Russia would not ask the EU countries to lift sanctions, because it could steadfastly withstand pressure from the West.

Western sanctions followed after Russia launched an operation to protect civilians in the Donbass on February 24. As Russian President Vladimir Putin noted, the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy.

The situation in Donbass escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation. On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.

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