Sanctions must remain in force. It’s impossible to deny their effectiveness.Klimkin told the Rheinische Post.
In his opinion, even a partial abolition of restrictive measures "will be perceived by the Russian authorities as a weakness of the West and will lead to a split in Europe."
Earlier, the leaders of the two German lands were in favor of the phased abolition of anti-Russian EU sanctions. They compared these restrictive measures with the “dead horse” and agreed that the Ukrainian crisis “cannot be settled with the help of a symbolic policy, for which German enterprises have to pay.”
However, the federal government rejected this idea.
Recall that the European Union imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014, against the background of the Ukrainian crisis, accusing Moscow of interfering in the situation in Ukraine. Moscow, in turn, has repeatedly noted that it is not a party to the Ukrainian conflict.