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 Red line for Russia discussed in Berlin: EU to extend personal sanctions in September if situation does not change, - Presidential Administration


German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of France Francois Hollande discussed the red lines which the Russian Federation should not cross in Berlin, Aug. 24.

Presidential Administration Deputy Head Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said at a briefing, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"It was crucial that we discussed the red line yesterday, Russia's crossing of which would trigger a strong reaction of the international community, particularly the EU, while not only sanctions were meant," he said.

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At the same time, he did not specify what exactly was discussed.

"We have discussed the line, but diplomatic efforts require silence. There is understanding on these lines. One of them, in particular, is the holding of fake elections in the territory of the so-called "LPR" and "DPR". We are talking about Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, in particular. We have clearly stated, first of all, that Russia must put pressure on its supporters to prevent or cancel these elections. And if the elections take place, they will not be recognized and they would pose a serious threat to the Minsk peace process," he said.

According to Yelisieiev, certain negotiations, including with the Russian side, will be carried out in the near future.

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"I can tell you in advance that we have agreed that if the situation remains the same as it is today, the European Union will decide in September to extend the so-called personal sanctions against certain representatives of the Russian Federation involved in destabilization of the situation in the Donbas," Ukrainski Novyny quoted Yelisieiev.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n349033