British Foreign Ministry identified Putin's real intentions: Absolutely not in the spirit of Minsk deal

British Foreign Secretary Hammond suggests extending sanctions against Russia.

If the cease-fire in Ukraine breaks down Europe should at least extend its sanctions against Moscow, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

"I hear this morning that President Putin is calling on Ukrainian forces in Debaltseve to surrender. That is absolutely not in the spirit of what was agreed last week and belies Russia's true intentions," he told reporters in Lisbon after meeting his Portuguese counterpart Rui Machete.

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"If the cease-fire breaks down or we determine that Russia is not acting in good faith, we should first of all look to make a clear statement about the extension of the existing sanctions measures, which are due to expire in July, extending them further to the end of the year," the Secretary said.

Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy posted a statement on Feb. 18 reading that if the hostilities continue and Minsk agreement is further violated, the EU will take appropriate action.

As reported Wednesday by the ATO press center, the terrorists are getting ready to new hostilities anyway.

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