Ceasefire agreement enters into force near Damascus, in Idlib province ― mediaWorld December 10, 4:18
Russian pair Tarasova/Morozov win final of ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in MarseillesSport December 10, 4:00
Matviyenko to visit UAE to participate in Forum of Women Speakers of ParliamentRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 10, 3:21
Doping samples of all athletes from past three Olympics should be re-analyzed ― lawmakerSport December 10, 2:01
Russia’s figure skater Medvedeva leads with world record after SP at Grand Prix finalsSport December 10, 1:28
Russian energy minister expects OPEC, non member countries to sign agreement on oil outputBusiness & Economy December 10, 0:46
40 ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day ― Russian reconciliation centerWorld December 10, 0:02
Russia open for cooperation with IOC, WADA ― ROC presidentSport December 09, 23:44
McLaren’s report speaks for ‘fundamental attack’ on sports integrity ― IOC chief BachSport December 09, 23:08
GORKI, June 2. /TASS/. The European Union member-countries during their meeting in June must seek the implementation of the Minsk agreements by both parties to the Ukrainian conflict, said Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. In the event of full implementation of the provisions of this document it’s necessary to move away from the sanctions regime, he noted.
"Slovakia’s government has always considered the EU sanctions to be just a tool, not a political decision. At the European Union meeting in June, the issue of implementing the Minsk accords by both sides is important for us, as far is this conflict is concerned," Fico said following talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
"If we observe such implementation, we will support the process of moving away from sanctions," Fico said, noting that the sanctions issue had not been discussed in detail during Tuesday’s talks.
On the other hand, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted that Russia would answer symmetrically if the European Union passed new decisions on anti-Russian sanctions.
"Our EU partners will gather in July to discuss a number of issues. If new decisions [on sanctions against Russia] are adopted, we are going to respond symmetrically. If not, we are going to preserve the positions we have now," Medvedev said.
The Russian prime minister added that Europe itself had suffered considerable losses from the anti-Russian sanctions. For example, the sanctions have radically decreased the trade turnover between Russia and Slovakia.
"Who lost what should be calculated. Those who invented those sanctions and have been insisting on their future preservation with stubbornness worth of better application should think of that," Medvedev went on to say.
He said he had discussed the sanctions problem from exactly that angle during Tuesday’s talks with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Medvedev noted that Russia had established good relations with a number of EU countries but the anti-Russian sanctions were "the European Union’s collective responsibility."