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European politicians praise Minsk summit results

February 12, 2015, 14:30 UTC+3 COPENHAGEN
Officials of Germany, Italy and Denmark praised the results of the Ukraine settlement summit in Minsk
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COPENHAGEN, February 12. /TASS/. Denmark’s Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard has praised the agreement reached at the Ukraine settlement summit in Minsk.

"This is great news from Minsk, which, I think, everyone will find satisfying," Lidegaard said. "It is important to stress, however, that this joy may materialize only if ceasefire is implemented and maintained," he noted. "I prefer to be an optimist though," the minister said.

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who arrived in Brussels today, has called the outcome of the Minsk talks "a great result."

President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz has also welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk.

Germany was more reserved in its comments on the results of the Minsk talks. All sides worked towards making progress, the talks were "very difficult," but their results are "not a breakthrough," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

"Today’s agreements are neither a universal solution nor a breakthrough," Steinmeier added.

A timeframe was adopted for implementing the Minsk agreements at the "Normandy Quartet" talks, he noted. "For the first time, we have set a timeframe for implementing the Minsk agreements - on elections, border control, prisoner exchange, to name a few," Steinmeier said.

The foreign minister made it clear he expected more from the Minsk talks. "For some people, it [the results] will seem insufficient. We also wanted to reach a better result," he said. "However, this is what presidents of Russia and Ukraine agreed upon," he concluded.

Finland’s Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said that the reached agreements may mean that "there will be no EU sanctions against Russia."

President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz has also welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk. "Now all sides must implement it, turn words into actions," he concluded.

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