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Sanctions against Russia can only be lifted if it concludes an agreement with Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told t-online. According to the politician, this is “the only plausible possibility”, and we cannot talk about a “dictated peace”.
The chancellor also said that Germany insists on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine. “Otherwise, a clear principle applies: Ukraine resolves these issues [about the lifting of restrictions]. We can't negotiate on their behalf anyway,” — he pointed out.
“We want to help Ukraine defend itself. And together with our allies, we want to ensure that Russia <…> withdrew its troops from the territory of Ukraine»,— Scholz said. Therefore, Western countries have imposed sanctions against Moscow, he added.
The Chancellor called the opinion that restrictive measures do not have a serious impact erroneous. “Sanctions have a very significant impact. As a result, the Russian economy is seriously suffering, and the possibilities for its development are severely limited,— considers the politician.
Scholz has previously said that sanctions against Russia can only be lifted after agreement with Ukraine. German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, in turn, called the ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine the conditions for lifting restrictions.
At the end of April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow and Kyiv, among other issues, were discussing the lifting of sanctions at the talks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied this. He insists lifting restrictions is out of the question as long as hostilities continue, Russian troops are in the country, “until we get our territories back.” “None of this is over. I am surprised in principle that the issue of lifting sanctions is being raised.
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Deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Vershinin said in March that Russia was not going to ask the West to lift sanctions. The authorities admit that there are difficulties due to restrictions, but at the same time they believe that they cannot be compared with the “terrible trials of the country in the 20th century.” President Vladimir Putin warned the EU countries about the “intractable consequences” with continued sanctions pressure. In early May, he signed a decree on Russia's new response to sanctions.
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