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Issue of sanctions or Crimea destiny was not raised at Minsk summit — Kremlin spokesman

February 13, 2015, 11:41 UTC+3
The sanctions issue is not ours,it’s a matter of those who are playing with this double-edged weapon, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told TASS
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Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The issues of anti-Russian sanctions and destiny of Crimea was not raised at the negotiations in Minsk on February 11-12, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Friday. According to him, neither issue is on the agenda.

"The sanctions issue is not ours," he said. "It’s a matter of those who are playing with this double-edged weapon," Peskov said.

Answering a question if the Crimean issue was touched upon during the talks, the press secretary said that "this was not and could not be discussed." "We can discuss Russian regions with other countries only within the framework of regional cooperation and interaction," Peskov said.

French President Francois Hollande said earlier on Friday, commenting on the EU summit results that had the attempt to reach an agreement on Ukraine at the Minsk talks failed, the European Union would have to adopt new sanctions against Russia. "No agreement might also provoke more intense fighting. Luckily, the agreement has been reached, which gives a hope for the future," Hollande said.

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