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The head of the foreign Ministry of Ukraine has asked the EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba during a meeting of foreign Ministers of the European people's party (EPP) has again asked the EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia, a statement published Thursday on the website of the foreign Ministry.

"The Minister drew special attention to the reluctance of the Russian side to ensure the implementation of the agreements of the Paris summit "channel four", the access restriction on the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, representatives of the OSCE and other international organizations, as well as ongoing mass certification by Russia of the Ukrainian population of these regions", - stated in the message.

As stated by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine, in order to "really make a difference, international, political, military and economic pressure on Moscow to intensify and become more cohesive".

The Minister also presented the expectations of Ukraine on the new ambitious tasks in the framework of the initiative "Eastern partnership" and urged the representatives of the European people's party to support the prospect of distribution on the Eastern partners of the "Four freedoms" of the EU - free movement of goods, services, capital and people as a strategic goal of the "Eastern partnership". "We need strong EU support in our struggle for peace, democratic values and sovereign European choice. Recognition by partners of the European perspective for Ukraine is the best incentive," - said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated on the background of the situation in the Donbass. Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of meddling in the internal Affairs of the country. In January 2015 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the statement in which Russia is called "an aggressor country". Russia charges Ukrainian side denies and calls unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Kiev overcame political and economic crisis.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 13 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.