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Russia is a party to this conflict and not a mediator – Charles Michel

Unfortunately, Russia has not reciprocated Ukraine’s positive steps to implement Minks agreements and that is why our economic sanctions against Russia will remain in place.

On my first visit to east Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy I expressed unequivocal EU support for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The shameful reality is that people continue to die here and face dire consequences of the conflict.

The full implementation of the Minsk Agreements is the only way forward. Until full implementation is a reality, EU sanctions against Russia will remain in place. Together with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at contact line in Luhansk oblast, encourage full opening of all entry/exit crossing points.

This is vital for maintaining people to people connections and providing services across the contact line.

Source: Official site of the Council of Europe in Ukraine

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