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Serbia: Minsk needs to be implemented quicker for sanctions to be lifted - Steinmeier01:49

Serbia: Minsk needs to be implemented quicker for sanctions to be lifted - Steinmeier

Serbia, Belgrade
April 28, 2015 at 00:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

The implementation of the Minsk agreement needs to be accelerated for sanctions to be lifted from Russia, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Belgrade, Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Serbian Foreign Minister and current OSCE Chairperson Ivica Dacic and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, Steinmeier added that it is too early to assess a lift of sanctions, as the implementation of the Minsk agreement is currently limping. "Unfortunately we relapsed in the recent days," Steinmeier said.

Dacic expressed a neutral position on the issue saying that Serbia is "not delighted about sanctions," because it has experienced a similar situation before, as he referred to US sanctions against former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The press conference followed a meeting between the three OSCE representatives, where the Ukraine crisis was discussed. As a result the ministers decided against further sanctions against Russia.

Serbia: Minsk needs to be implemented quicker for sanctions to be lifted - Steinmeier01:49
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The implementation of the Minsk agreement needs to be accelerated for sanctions to be lifted from Russia, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Belgrade, Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Serbian Foreign Minister and current OSCE Chairperson Ivica Dacic and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, Steinmeier added that it is too early to assess a lift of sanctions, as the implementation of the Minsk agreement is currently limping. "Unfortunately we relapsed in the recent days," Steinmeier said.

Dacic expressed a neutral position on the issue saying that Serbia is "not delighted about sanctions," because it has experienced a similar situation before, as he referred to US sanctions against former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The press conference followed a meeting between the three OSCE representatives, where the Ukraine crisis was discussed. As a result the ministers decided against further sanctions against Russia.

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