G7 countries have decided not only to extend the sanctions against the Russian Federation, but also expressed their willingness to extend the sanctions measures against Moscow in case of aggravation of the situation in Donbass. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that in the interview with Inter TV channel broadcast on Sunday evening,- reports Interfax-Ukraine.
"Our intensive consultations, my visit to Japan where they prepared meeting for G7, intensive negotiations with all our partners in the G7 led to the following: this week G7 has decided not only to continue sanctions against the Russian Federation, but in the case of escalation (of the situation - IF) or if necessary to reinforce these sanctions against Russia, because it is the only tool that provides performance of commitments taken by Russian. I am very grateful and I believe that it is our victory," - said the President.
Earlier it was reported that the leaders of the G7 countries expressed on May 27th support for the continuation of the sanctions against Russia, as described in the final declaration of the G7 summit in Japan posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The document expressed concern of representatives of G7 about the deteriorating situation in Donbass. The document's authors also recalled that they did not recognize reunification of Crimea with Russia.
"The conflict in Ukraine can only be resolved by diplomatic means and according to the international law, especially the legal obligation to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine," - said the communique.
Sanctions can be lifted when Russia meets all the obligations mentioned by the document. Communique also provides for additional restrictive measures against the Russian Federation. "We insist on the full implementation of the conditions of the Minsk agreements, decisions of the Normandy format and Trilateral contact group," – says the document.