8 Jul 2019 17:55

EU to extend sanctions on Russia - Zelensky

KYIV. July 8 (Interfax) - The European Union will extend its sectoral and Crimea-related sanctions on Russia by another twelve and six months respectively, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

"I was happy to hear today from our European friends that their position regarding Russia's behavior remains clear and unvaried. The sectoral and Crimea-related sanctions will be extended for the next twelve and six months respectively," Zelensky said at a joint press conference with the EU leaders following an EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on Monday.

The sanction policy should continue until the complete implementation of the Minsk Agreements and the restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said.

"Please don't think that sanctions is my favorite word. My favorite word is peace. And a sanction policy is the last civilized tool for its establishment," he said.