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Poland is concerned that some countries in the European Union (EU) becoming more friendly with Russia, said Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic Marcin PSIDC. About it reports Reuters.
“It seems that some European leaders do not realize that their activities are perceived as an attempt to thaw the relations, and if so, their policy is misleading,” said the politician.
Pidac argues that for the Russian side, the rapprochement with the EU will be a signal that Europe does not condemn the annexation of Crimea. “There is no reason to invite the Russian leaders in various parties or dancing together. Measures were taken to encourage Russia to abandon its aggressive policy, but it has not made even a half-step back,” — said the politician.
Earlier, Prime Minister of France édouard Philippe stated that EU sanctions against Russia — a temporary stage, and they can be cancelled at any time. He added that Russia “has announced the Grand plan for the development until 2024”, which covers 12 national projects, and France would like to offer its cooperation beyond the areas of partnerships that already exist.
On 20 June, the European Union extended economic sanctions against Russia because of events in Ukraine for six months. EU members unanimously agreed that Russia is not sufficiently fulfilling the Minsk agreements. On the same day a year were extended and the sanctions imposed over the annexation of Crimea. The restrictions apply to imports of products from the Peninsula, investments in the Crimea, its tourist sector, and export products and technologies to the region.
Crimea became part of Russia according to the results of a referendum held in March 2014. Ukraine, USA, EU members and other countries do not recognize its results and consider the presence of the Peninsula as part of Russia’s occupation. Moscow insists that the process of the annexation of Crimea meets standards of international law.
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